Design Technology (DT)
We aim to provide our children with enriching opportunities, skills and knowledge to become confident and creative designers and creators. Through quality first teaching and engaging experiences our children will develop a love of design and technology. Our design curriculum will enable our children to access the local environment to enhance their understanding of the wider world and to gain access to local resources and develop respect, compassion and curiosity for their locality. Our children will develop their resilience and aspirations for their own achievements.
Our curriculum will be progressive and will have well designed and planned lessons offering our children a variety of skills that will progressively cover the knowledge and understanding as the National Curriculum objectives aim to achieve. We aim to inspire our children through a range of engaging practical learning experiences with access to specialists in our wider community (such as RAF and Army personnel) and in school resources. Each unit will allow the children the opportunity to plan, design, make and evaluate existing products and those of their own. They will be provided with the opportunity to overcome problems and take appropriate risks to create and innovate new products. They will be able to look at key designers and inventors who have shaped the world we live in today and see that their innovations can continue to develop the world in which they live.
National Curriculum objectives for skills and knowledge and understanding are explicitly covered in the planning of each unit. Teachers have the skills and knowledge to follow the ideas of children and adapt lessons to incorporate their ideas, designs, and conjectures in order to prove, disprove and challenge their thought process building a greater depth of understanding in our pupils. Our pupils will be inspired to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to develop and create new things. Vocabulary will be displayed, used and spoken by all pupils. We will have involvement of our wider community encompassing the key skills from designers, builders of structures, creators of technologies, chefs and sewers to support and improve the key skills being taught from EYFS to Key Stage Two.
Impact of our DT curriculum will be measured through teacher assessment, pupil voice, lesson observations, diary scrutiny and collection of children’s work. Classroom displays of children’s work and pupil’s opinions will demonstrate their enthusiasm for learning DT skills. Evidence collected will show that units across different year groups will consolidate and build on prior knowledge while developing new skills and understanding.