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St John's

Church of England Infant School

'Through Faith, Love, Kindness and Respect our Saint John's family will flourish and grow.'










Through faith, love, kindness and respect our St John's family

will flourish and grow



Our school DT manager is Miss White


Statement of Intent for Design and Technology




At St John's, we believe Design and Technology should give all children the skills and abilities to engage positively using creativity and imagination, with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology around them.  

  • We strive to provide an ambitious, progressively sequenced, broad and balanced curriculum that meets the contextual needs of our school.
  • We deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to be included develop the aspirations, confidence and resilience needed to shine and achieve their personal best.
  • Our children work collaboratively and this provides opportunities to: respect one another, feel included, be kind to one another, achieve well and enjoy life-long learning.   
  • Through Design and Technology our children acquire the cultural and capital skills needed to prepare them for the next stage of their education and life in 21st century modern Britain.



Design and Technology gives all children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the process of designing, making and evaluating functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design and by exploring and respecting and loving the designed and made world in which we all live and work. 

  • At St John's, Design and Technology develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. 
  • We deliver DT through our topic based creative curriculum guided by our online platform – Cornerstones; to provide challenging and enjoyable learning where all children can achieve.  The programme of study is supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that designing and making skills and technical knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately.  Our curriculum is designed and adapted to be inclusive and suit the needs of our children and is therefore is constantly evolving as the needs of our pupils do. 
  • We place emphasis in the skills of interacting well, personal development and practising the skills of mental well-being and the retrieval of knowledge via our Knowledge Organisers. 
  • A rigorous assessment process is in place to monitor and track children's progress allowing for both support and challenge.  



We ensure the children at St John's:

  • Enjoy their learning and develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and safely. 
  • Progress and and have the faith to know they can achieve well across the school,  building and applying 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, support one another and accept challenges.  
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Ultimately, a high-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


How you can help your child with DT

  • Should you wish to find out more about D&T at All Saints, please in the first instance approach your child’s teacher via email. If necessary, they may direct you towards the D&T Manager, Miss White.
  • We are always looking to improve links with the community so if you feel you may have connections with an industry that could support the teaching and learning of D&T make sure we know about it!
  • As always, if you have the opportunity to cook with your child(ren) at home, this will support them when learning about nutrition and how to cook.
  • Curriculum challenges are another great way for children to showcase their creativity.  Look out for these as they pop up during the year.   

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