Design and Technology
Statement of Intent
Our federation’s DT curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs and finished products. We provide children with real life contexts for learning. Through the DT curriculum, children are inspired by engineers, designers, inventors, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life or contextualised purpose.
Work is shared and displayed, showing skills and progress made. As they work, children are reflective and evaluative, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment, applying their skills, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project. We wish our children to be boldly creative, innovative and reflective – skills for life.
All staff follow the federation’s Progression in Design and Technology document to ensure continuity, progression and curriculum coverage from EYFS to Y6. Skills are explicitly taught and children access key knowledge and vocabulary which they are then able to apply to their work in DT and across the wider curriculum. They are encouraged to reach and exceed their potential across our federation. Children acquire subject knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can explore, investigate, design, create, adapt and evaluate.
Where applicable, children use their DT skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth, for example using mechanical components such pulleys and levers, wheels and axles to make moving vehicles as an integral part of a Transport topic, baking bread to celebrate Harvest Festival, using recyclable materials to recreate Pudding Lane when learning about the Great Fire of London.
Alternatively, Design and Technology may be taught discretely, or in a ‘block’ such as sewing animal puppets.
In line with other foundation subjects, Design and Technology is assessed using the half termly assessment sheets.