Design and Technology
Design Technology at Great Wishford C of E Primary School
No challenge too big, no child too small- for with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37)
Our school uses the 2014 National Curriculum and EYFS Curriculum for directing the teaching of DT. We intend to build a design technology curriculum which develops creativity and imagination and allows the children to design and make products, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We want our children to acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The children will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.
Our school will implement a clear and comprehensive progression of skills as outlined in the National Curriculum. Children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply these to their work in DT and across the wider curriculum. Where applicable links to DT will be made to develop effective learning experiences. DT is taught in both short and long blocks once a long term, which enables children to focus on learning new knowledge and applying this to a DT project. The projects are intrinsically linked to important designers or technological development and are time lined accordingly to give children the historical and wider world exposure. Skills and prior knowledge are built upon and revisited throughout the school and this enables children to develop a mastery approach to DT.
Through our carefully structured curriculum and high quality teaching, we expect the outcomes to be effective. We expect children to retain the knowledge learnt about their focus designer or technological development for each unit of work, remember their knowledge and understand how to use it and apply the skills demonstrated in their own design and application. This will enable children to succeed and achieve their age related expectations. Children will ultimately develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into their future lives making an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.