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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness

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St Nicolas' Church of England Infant School

Living life in all its fullness

Design Technology

Intent - Our vision

At St Nics', we want our children to:

  • Be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in designing and making in an increasingly technological world.
  • Use their imagination and be creative when designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems.
  • Have the confidence to take risks, through challenges, problem solving and open ended tasks.
  • Be able to work collaboratively as teams, becoming resourceful, reflective scientists.
  • Understand the links with Information Technology, maths, spatial awareness and science.


Implementation - How we deliver this to achieve our goal

  • Our delivery of the curriculum is cross curricular, linking to other areas of learning.
  • We plan for purposeful projects linked to topics and events
  • We promote awe and wonder opportunities which involve problem solving and investigating the properties of natural objects and materials.
  • We offer opportunities for children to explore concepts for themselves through continuous provision approach
  • We encourage children to share opinions and responses to designs and to ask their own questions (Wondering Walls), and to seek answers (using the research skills they have been taught).
  • We make the most of opportunities to apply our learning outside, through outdoor designs in EYFS, and projects in the Garden and Grotto and Forest School.
  • Pause Days include Christmas and Easter traditions, celebrations and always incorporate elements of art and design and technology
  • We have a dedicated display area in Learning Lab to show case finished products and the Plan, Do, Review cycle.
  • ELSA activities often use cooking and craft activities to explore and express emotions, as well as a mindful activity.
  • We run Weekly Well Being Booster DT sessions for KS1 children




Impact - How we know our vision has come to fruition

Our children are ready for the next stage of their educational journey through:

  • Having a love of creativity and a desire to solve problems.
  • Valuing D&T as a mindful wellbeing activity, understanding how it can make them feel a sense of achievement, satisfaction and pride.
  • Displaying an interest in the subject, and becoming enthusiastic, self-led, motivated learners.
  • Being able to make links and reason.
  • Being able to apply skills and knowledge to new situations
  • Transferring their knowledge of the world and reflecting on how this could impact on the future (higher order thinking skills)
  • Having an understanding of art and how to use different tools and media.
  • Having an ability to work through a process of events with stamina and method towards a goal.
  • Applying their values of perseverance, hope, wisdom, unity, fairness in DT.