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Bolton by Bowland

C.E. Primary School

Belong Believe Blossom

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At Bolton-by-Bowland, we nurture and support our pupils creativity and imagination to allow them to become innovative designers and inventors.


Our curriculum has been designed to link to the wider curriculum to provide our children with a real-life context for each project and make their learning relevant. We encourage our children to think about the needs and wants of others to provide a product that meets a specific design brief. Our pupils follow a key design process that includes a research, design, make and evaluation phase. All pupils are supported in the evaluation of their work and are encouraged to reflect on each phase of the design process to make adaptations where needed. We share and use key vocabulary in all lessons to further support the learning of all children.


All of our children acquire the design experience, technical knowledge and practical skills needed to design and make a wide range of products. We believe that it's important  to do this in a variety of contexts and disciplines including mechanical systems, structures, textiles, digital programming, electrical systems, cooking and nutrition. 


We want our pupils to develop the confidence to take risks and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and that of others. Through our programme of work, we aspire to foster an awareness of the impact of DT on our lives and to encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens.


At Bolton-by-Bowland, we aim to:

- Spark an interest and enthusiasm in a wide range of DT projects

- Nurture and support imagination, creativity and individuality

- Impart the knowledge and skills needed for our pupils to succeed in an increasingly technological world

- Introduce our pupils to a broad range of DT disciplines, techniques and materials

- Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

- Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

- Explore and evaluate a range of existing products

- Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

- Provide a wealth of opportunities for our children to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts

- Explore and use mechanisms such as levers, sliders, wheels and axles in their products

- Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

- Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures