Design and Technology

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -- Maya Angelou, author, poet, civil rights activist.

Intent

At Todwick Primary School we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum that aims to develop children’s natural curiosity and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. We intend to provide children with learning opportunities that include the acquisition of appropriate subject knowledge, understanding, and key skills as set out in the National Curriculum. Children will be encouraged to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. Children will have opportunities to learn about key individuals who have helped to shape our world today and hopefully take a keen interest in becoming the next generation of innovators.

Implementation

  • Design and Technology projects will be delivered in each term. Each year group will follow the whole school plan which lays out the specific skills that will be covered within that year group.
  • Children’s work will be kept in their folder.
  • After each project a selection will be selected for quality assurance purposes.
  • Children will be taught a range of skills to ensure that they are aware of health and safety precautions that must be adhered to.
  • Key vocabulary for each topic must be displayed in classrooms, this will provide children with opportunities to repeat and revise this knowledge.
  • Making clear cross-curricular links between subjects will aid in underpinning children’s learning across the curriculum and support children in applying their skills to ‘hands-on’ situations.
  • A central Design and Technology focussed display showcasing exceptional practice and exemplifying terminology and vocabulary used.
  • In Design and Technology children will be asked to solve problems and develop their independent learning skills.
  • In Design and Technology children on occasion will be asked to work as part of a team learning to support and help one another towards a challenging, yet rewarding goal.
  • Adult guides and supporting resources are provided with each lesson. However, it is essential that resources are adapted to support the different learning needs of the children in each class.
  • Through the projects, we intend to inspire children to develop a love of design and innovation and encourage them to see how it has helped to shape the technological world that we live in.

Impact

  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the National Curriculum.
  • Children will show greater confidence and be more consistent in their use of technical vocabulary.
  • Impact can also be measured through key questioning within lessons to determine children’s understanding.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more, and understand more about Design and Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities outside of school.
  • The vast majority of children will achieve age-related expectations in Design and Technology.
  • As designers children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.
  • Central displays will help to support the learning environment across the school with technical vocabulary displayed.
  • Pupil voice will be carried out to assess children’s views on the subject.

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