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Design & Technology at St John's

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At St John’s, we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, 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.

 Our Intent for Design and Technology

To ensure our learners access a comprehensive Design and Technology curriculum, it is essential that the Design Technology units of study cover key themes; - Mechanisms -Textiles - Food – Structures. We endeavour to ensure our learners are competent with the design, make and evaluate 3 step process showing progression and demonstrating self-reflective qualities. 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.


How we Implement our Design and Technology Curriculum

In line with our curriculum drivers, we ensure that the planned activities our children undertake are challenging, motivating, relevant and enjoyable. Our Design curriculum is taught through a thematic, creative approach with specific learning goals for international mindedness and for personal learning based on the IPC personal goals of cooperation, communication, thoughtfulness, respect, resilience and morality.
  • Throughout units of learning, pupils have opportunities to analyse, evaluate,
    complete a design and create a final project that incorporates a wide range of
    taught skills.
  • We develop our learners’ confidence in their work by providing continual support
    and encouragement.


At St John's, we believe that children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. Design Technology, by its very nature, is a ‘hands on’ subject. Within Design Technology a variety of materials and methods are used, including construction equipment, plastics, wood, food, fabrics, mechanical components and computer-aided design. Children are encouraged to select tools and materials and to use them sensibly and safely. Specific knowledge and skills are taught and understanding developed through exploring and evaluating a range of existing products and in taking part in focused practical tasks including cooking. Many of the important skills developed though designing and making help with learning across the curriculum, such as mathematics, science, computing and art. 

Our Design and Technology Curriculum 

 Click here for a copy of our Design and Technology Overview


Skills Progression in Design and Technology

 Click here for a copy of our skills progression in Design and Technology

Our Planned Impact

 Our children enjoy the self-expression that they experience in Design & Technology. They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. Through their design outcomes, the children are able to reach out into the community and be confident construction artists that have the key skill to evaluate and improve continuously.

Design and Technology Knowledge Organisers

Our Knowledge Organisers for each subject can be found on the class pages on this website. Click here to access.