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Design and Technology

“The design is not just what it looks like and feels like. The design is how it works” — Steve Jobs




At St Botolphs we teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression, this ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The journey begins in the early years, where the bedrock for all subsequent learning is laid.  All teaching of DT follows the design, make and evaluate cycle. The design process is rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to the children’s learning. While making, children are given a choice of a range of tools and materials, they evaluate their own products against a set design criteria and each of the steps is built on technical knowledge and vocabulary.

Our Design Technology teaching ensures:

  • The children are taught the national curriculum  through inspiring, relevant and  immersive topics
  • The teaching of Design Technology encourages discussion and focuses on the process of design, make and evaluate, rather than the outcome.
  • New knowledge and learning is related to prior knowledge and learning; connecting the children’s experiences to form a rich knowledge web.


Children at St Botolphs will be able to:

  • Design and make products to solve real life problems using a range of skills drawn from across the curriculum.
  • Recognise the impact of design and technology on their lives.
  • Apply design skills and attributes beyond school and into adulthood.
  • Demonstrate transferable knowledge and skills in other areas of the curriculum and their wider lives.
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