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Design & Technology

Curriculum Intent Statement

Design & Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. At Priory Academy pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a range of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values which will potentially prepare them to contribute to the ever-changing world. Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate.


Art & DT - Key Stage 2

Design & Technology - Key Stage 3


At KS3 students study Resistant material; for one term each year on rotation with Food and Sculpture.

  • Students expand independent skills to design, make and evaluate a prototype.
  • Students apply the principles of workshop safety.
  • Students critically analyse and evaluate existing products through product analysis.
  • Students use the hand tools and produce prototypes
  • Students understand the importance of looking at existing designers and the impact they have.
  • Students will understand the importance of ACCESS FM.
  • Students are given regular opportunities to consolidate literacy and numeracy skills within the subject.








Year 7

Labyrinth style Maze Game


  • Health & Safety skills in the workshop
  • Introduction to using basic hand tools
  • Introduction to the design process.
  • Design, make and evaluate the labyrinth style maze.







Year 8

Art Deco clock project


  • Revisit Health & Safety skills in the workshop.
  • Revisit the use of basic hand tools
  • Revisit the design process.
  • Learning about hardwoods and softwoods.
  • Learning about ACCESS FM.
  • Research Art Deco 
  • Analyse and evaluating Art Deco style clocks.
  • Design, make and evaluate the Art Deco clocks.









Year 9







Storage Box


  • Revisit health & Safety skills in the workshop.
  • Revisit the use of hand tools
  • Revisit the design process.
  • Revisit on ACCESS FM.
  • Learning about different wooden joints and their uses.
  • Producing a practise comb joint.
  • Students will explore and critique existing designs and designers to identify features and methods of designing.
  • Safe use of a Hand file and Sand paper.
  • Design, make and evaluate the MDF storage box.



Design & Technology - Key Stage 4

At KS4 the AQA GCSE Design and Technology course helps students get prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design & Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing, making, applying technical and practical expertise.

The GCSE in Design & Technology is a linear qualification with 2 components. Component 1 which is worth 50% is the internally assessed controlled assessment. Component 2 which is also worth 50% consists of a 2-hour written exam.

The exams and non-exams assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

· AO1: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants.

· AO2: Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.

· AO3: Analyse and evaluate

- Design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others.

- Wider issues in design and technology.

· AO4: Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understand of:

- Technical principles

- Designing and making principles.

Curriculum Overview

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