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Design and Technology

Subject Lead - Mrs K McClue


At Priory Lane Community School, we are all design technologists!



Design and technology is a practical subject, supporting creative, scientific and mathematical skills. Whilst taking part in engaging lessons, children are encouraged to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of group.


Children are taught and supported to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within different contexts. Children are also required to evaluate their finished products, evaluating strengths and areas for improvement. 



The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


At Priory Lane Community School, design and technology is taught on a two year cycle. Projects are taught in blocks – this helps with continuity and skills progression. It allows for greater focus on the design process and end product.



The design and technology curriculum at Priory Lane Community School looks like:

  • A clear focus on the development of skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food
  • Engaging sessions which promote children's creativity and encourage them to think about important issues
  • Cross curricular links with maths, science, computing and art
  • When opportunities arise, experiences meeting and questioning design technologists/inventors
  • Regular opportunities to work collaboratively as part of a team and develop teamwork skills
  • Finding out where food comes from and how different food is prepared and cooked
  • Exploring what makes certain food types healthy and taste/review different foods (including unfamiliar fruits/vegetables)
  • Explorative and practical activities including the deconstruction of products for research purposes



Design and Technology documents and links...

DT Skills and Knowledge Progression - development of skills knowledge across school