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Design Technology Curriculum Statement

Intent

At Silvertrees Academy, Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. In our school, all children are given the opportunity to use creativity and imagination, design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values. We feel it is essential that children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and are provided with cross-curricular opportunities. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Through cookery, the children should be taught a crucial life skills that enables them to feed themselves affordably and well, now and in later life.

 

The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:

  • To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • To build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • To be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

 

Implementation

All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge.  The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document. Teachers can use this document to plan their Design Technology lessons suitable to their class’s interests and what they want to learn. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.

 

In KS1 this looks like:

Design:

  • Design should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to the learning.
  • Planned through appropriate formats: drawing, templates, talking and mock-ups.

Make:

  • Children should be given a range of tools for their projects to choose from.
  • Children should use a wide range of materials and components; textiles, construction equipment and ingredients.

Evaluate:

  • Evaluate existing products.
  • Evaluate their own products against design criteria.

 

 

Impact:

Assessment of children's learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.


Summative assessment is conducted at the end of a Learning Journey by class teachers across each year group of the school to inform the subject leader of progress or skills and knowledge still to be embedded.


Design Technology is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book monitoring, looking at outcomes and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.

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