At St John’s Primary Academy, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product; this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. Children are also encouraged to see mistakes as ‘important learning mistakes’ and to have a growth mindset.
D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Computing, Science and Art. Children’s interests are captured through topic learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning. Children will learn basic cooking skills, in particular how to make healthy food. With our school values and growth mindset we will not give up if we come across a problem or challenge in our design and technology lessons.