Design & Technology Curriculum Leader - Mr O Nicholls
The central intention of the D&T Curriculum is to provide plenty of opportunities for the children to learn, apply and strengthen essential skills required in the designing, making and evaluating of an effective product for a given purpose such as: at home, in school or the wider environment. In addition to this, we concentrate on ensuring that children have a solid understanding of the technical knowledge and associated vocabulary needed to aid them in designing and constructing their product. We want our children to be articulate to explain the skills that they have applied, discuss what equipment they have used and describe the material/s and features of the product that they have made. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life, therefore we intend to instil a love of cooking in order to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
The teaching of Design Technology at Worsley Mesnes Primary School follows the National Curriculum and the EYFS expressive arts and design objectives. This is supported, from Y1 upwards, using the Plan Bee scheme. This enables children to design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this. Across Key Stages 1 and 2, design and technology activities are planned so that they build upon prior learning of the children. We give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. In addition, lessons draw upon cross-curricular subject knowledge and skills within Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art.
Early Years - During the Early Years Foundation Stage, the essential building blocks of children’s design and technology capability are established. There are many opportunities for carrying out D&T-related activities across all areas of learning with activities being planned for throughout the year in continuous provision and through the themes being taught. The outdoor learning environment in Nursery and Reception have dedicated D&T areas for larger construction projects.
Assessment for D&T is categorised into five different areas which include: Design; Make; Evaluate; Technical Knowledge; and Food and Nutrition. Teacher Assessments (TA) are made from a variety of sources but most evidence will be found in the children’s books and their final product. TA data is inputted into our school data tracking system bi-annually at February half term and at the end of the academic year in July.
The intended impact is for the majority of children in each year group to be working at or above the expected standards for their age. In addition to this, we want them to be inspired by D&T and want to learn more; be able to show progression in their subject knowledge, as well as using a range of design and making skills. Our children will be able to evaluate and review their learning and discuss how they could change their design to improve it; have key concepts embedded into their long term memory and finally to understand where their learning in D&T can take them into the future!