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Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School

Design and Technology

Design and Technology Intent Statement

General Statement 
The Design and Technology curriculum at Holly Hill enables children to use creativity and imagination. This allows opportunities for pupils to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. As a subject it should enable all children to learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Through evaluation of past and present design and technology, the children will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 


Through our Design and Technology curriculum we make links to our whole school curriculum intent statement. The aspects which are particularly significant to Design and Technology are: 

  • Balance of knowledge and skills 

  • Emotional well-being and healthy relationships 

  • Experiences and opportunities 

  • Preparation for adult life and work 

  • Outdoor learning  


Specific Aims 

The National Curriculum outlines the following aims for Design and Technology:  

  • 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 Holly Hill the Design and Technology curriculum is designed so that we meet the National Curriculum aims through a progression of skills and knowledge taught in the sequence below: 



3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to: 

Children in Reception will be learning to: 


Expressive Art and Design 

  • Explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make.  

  • Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them. 

  • Join different materials and explore different textures. 

  • Create closed shapes with continuous lines, and begin to use these shapes to represent objects. 

  • Draw with increasing complexity and detail, such as representing a face with a circle and including details.  

  • Use drawing to represent ideas like movement or loud noises. 

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.  

  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.  

  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills. 

  • Creating with Materials 

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. 

  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used. 

  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.    



Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 



Cycle A 


Toy Story  


Cycle B 

Mechanisms The Journey 


Cycle A 

Cooking and Nutrition  



Cycle B  

Cooking and Nutrition  

Mother Nature  


Cycle B  


London Rocks!  



Cycle A  

Mechanical Systems  

Festivals of Light 

Cycle B 

Cooking and Nutrition  

Bizarre Bodies 


Cycle A 


Savage Stone Age  




Cycle B 

Mechanical Systems 



Cycle A 

Cooking and Nutrition  

Crime and Punishment 


Cycle A  

Cooking and Nutrition 

How to Save the Human Race 

Cycle B  

Electrical Systems  



Cycle B 

Cooking and Nutrition 





At Holly Hill, Design and Technology coverage is organised in this way to allow for a progression of skills throughout the learning journey. The curriculum is structured in such a way to allow all children the opportunity to design, make and evaluate an individual project at least once during each year of their time at Holly Hill. This allows for each age phase to complete structure; mechanical systems; and cooking and nutrition projects. Additionally, KS1 also completes a textiles project; LKS2 completes an electrical topic which has been designed to enable the children to learn how Design and Technology have changed throughout history and the impact these developments have on our life today. 

Cooking and nutrition as a part of Design and Technology has been structured as whole day or two-day subject days as we believe this allows all children the best opportunity to immerse themselves in the preparation and cooking process.