Design and Technology encourages children to be independent, creative thinkers and problem solvers. This in turn helps to prepare children for the developing world and encourages them to become curious and creative problem-solvers, not only as individuals but also as part of a team.
Design & technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. our curriculum offers a coherently planned sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have progressively covered the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum. Design & Technology aims to inspire pupils through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The design process is fundamental to encourage pupils to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. As part of the progress of learning, time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve the design to support the learning process and to help them consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Opportunities are provided for pupils to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of Design & Technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire pupils to become the next generation of innovators.
Design and Technology skills and understanding are built into lessons and follow an iterative process, allowing for the revision of ideas to become part of good practice and ultimately helps to build a depth to pupil's understanding. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lesson plans and resources help pupils build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. This ensures pupils will apply their knowledge and understanding when developing, planning, and evaluating. Revision and key vocabulary are built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources to ensure that pupils are allowed opportunities to repeat and revise this knowledge. Accurate DT subject knowledge is always a priority in lessons to allow practitioners feel confident and supported with the skills and knowledge that they are teaching. Through our DT lessons, we intend to inspire pupils and practitioners to develop a love of Design and Technology and see how it has helped shaped the ever-evolving technological world they live in, which will enable them to become resourceful, creative and skilful citizens.
The impact of using the full range of resources, including display materials, is seen across the school with an enhanced profile of Design and Technology. The learning environment across the school is more consistent with Design and Technology technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. Whole-school and parental engagement has improved through the use of Design and Technology-specific home learning tasks and opportunities suggested in lessons and overviews for wider learning. We want to ensure that Design and Technology is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future. Impact is also measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment aimed at targeting next steps in learning. Giving pupils a real sense of the impact of DT on our daily life and the wider world.