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Design & Technology Curriculum

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Vision for DT at SSPP

 

Intent

At Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we aim to provide all children with high quality education in Design and Technology (DT) that is relevant to our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively on a shared project. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding.

Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food and construction; through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary and resilience.

Implementation

At Ss. Peter and Paul’s we follow a clear scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.  Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding.

DT incorporates many key skills taught in the Maths, English and IT curriculum. As a result DT provides children the opportunity to apply and embed the skills they have already learnt in a purposeful context. Each year group will undertake a construction topic, a textile topic and a food/drink topic with the following goals:

  • A clear design process where each project follows: research, design, make and evaluate
  • A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken
  • Clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context i.e. making Anderson Shelters in Year 5/6.
  • Collaborative learning: In design and technology children may well be asked to work as part of a team learning to support and help one another towards a clear goal.

Impact

Children will ultimately, learn more, do more and remember more during their DT lessons. Children will gain enjoyment and confidence in design and technology and view themselves as designers. They will develop skills and attributes that they can use beyond school and transfer into the ‘real world’. As designers, children will know that a successful end product will be a result of careful ‘planning’, ‘making’ and ‘evaluating’. Children will become analytical and critical learners when they are reviewing products. Additionally, children will be able to select the appropriate materials, tools and techniques for making a product and in doing so be aware of the safety procedures they must undertake when using equipment.