Design and Technology
Here at Heather Garth we aim to provide children with a DT education that gives the children the chance to use creative thinking, solve problems and engage in a process of designing and making. The curriculum provides children with the opportunities to:
- represent their ideas
- explore and investigate
- develop their ideas
- make a product and evaluate their work.
Design Technology is taught in all year groups throughout the year (including food technology.) In DT, we have chosen key threads to run through our curriculum to support our children’s learning. The key threads are: food and nutrition, textiles and structures, mechanisms and electrical systems. Projects are often cross curricular - linking to other subjects taught to enhance and embed learning. Children in Early Years provision are exposed to and explore, a variety of materials, tools and techniques in both continuous provision and adult led activities.
As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- 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
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
We follow the Kapow Art Scheme of work. Through the Kapow Design and technology scheme, pupils respond to design briefs and scenarios that require consideration of the needs of others, developing their skills. Each of the key areas follows the design process (design, make and evaluate) and has a
particular theme and focus from the technical knowledge or cooking and nutrition section of the curriculum. The children are taught Design and Technology through a topic based curricular approach, where they design products with a purpose and an intended user of the product in mind. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this. Opportunities to develop links with outside agencies and experts are encouraged, in order to enrich our design and technology provision.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. Children will embed the key design and technology skills needed to allow them to produce inventive products. The children’s design and technology is often cross-curricular showing their knowledge and understanding of other subjects. There will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore design and technology using their imaginations. Pupil discussions about their learning and how pupils are able to articulate their knowledge is also a key indicator of the progress made towards intended outcomes.
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