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Our Vision

At Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School we teach pupils Design and Technology so that they learn how to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices.

Our Aims

We aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to:

  • Create record and evaluate their own original designs.
  • Develop imaginative thinking so they can both talk about what they like and dislike when investigating and evaluating their own designs and those of others.
  • Use appropriate vocabulary to convey their ideas about how things work.
  • Develop and practice specific skills and knowledge.
  • Apply and relate their skills across the curriculum.
  • Develop an understanding of the way things work for their intended purpose.
  • Encourage the selection of appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.

Our Teaching and Learning Style

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our Design Technology lessons following the EYFS Framework, National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).  Pupils are taught and encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating the product they have made. We do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities across other subjects including literacy, maths, art and science.  Pupils also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including computing.


Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn about Design Technology through the 'Expressive Arts and Design' area. This involves planning activities for children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as provide opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in design and technology.

In Key stage one, children learn about Design Technology following the requirements of the National Curriculum.

This learning forms the foundations for later work in Design Technology.   In Key Stage 1, themes are linked to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to ensure Design Technology is being taught across the curriculum. This is done through whole year group planning.  The children are given both planned and child led opportunities for learning, which relate to their individual experiences at school, at home and in the community.

Assessment and Recording

Teachers assess children’s progress in Design Technology by observing them working during lessons.  They record the progress children make by assessing the children’s work against the learning objectives for their lesson.

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