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Leadership of Design and Technology at Grove Primary School.

Accountable: Miss Sophie Clark, Mrs Hannah Gee

Responsible: Miss Jemma Willeard, Miss Rebecca Spry

Design Technology Curriculum

 

The Design Technology Curriculum falls under the Creative Learning Curriculum Pillar. The Design Technology Curriculum has 5 unique pillars of its own which underpins learning and teaching in this subject. 

 

 

 

At Grove Primary we intend Design and Technology to be creative and practical and provide children with the opportunity to problem solve and be creative. We aim to provide our children with opportunities for children to become successful engineers, carpenters, chefs, designers and architects. This is a key part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.

 

Children will be taught a range of topics including; mechanisms, textiles, food technology, structures and electrical systems (in Keys Stage 2). Through hands on practical experiences we aim for children to leave Year 6 with knowledge and skills of DT in which children aspire to be chefs, engineers, sculptures, carpenters, designers, architects and engineers. We recognise the important role of DT in preparing our children with skills for life which will enable them to be creative individuals as they become Active Learners, Active Leaders and Active Citizens.

National Curriculum 

 

The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims 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.

 

At Grove Primary School the Design and Technology curriculum is delivered through both the Topic curriculum and discretely. Projects are linked to topics where possible.

 Each year lessons cover both the ‘Cooking and Nutrition’ and ‘Processes’ aspects of the curriculum and pupils are taught to design, make and evaluate their products and increase in technical knowledge.  For each project pupils are taught to consider the five Design and Technology principles:

  • User;
  • Purpose;
  • Innovation;
  • Authenticity;
  • Functionality and
  • Design Decisions.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are assessed using Tapestry as our assessment tracker to record children's knowledge and skills.

 EYFS staff assess Expressive Art and Design- Creating with Materials using Development Matters and the new Birth to 5 Matters. During the Early Years Foundation Stage pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. 

By the end of Reception children in EYFS will be able to:

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • Create collaboratively sharing ideas, resources and skills.

 

 

Children in EYFS have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials;
  • Respond to a range of media and materials developing an understanding that they manipulate and create effects with these;
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas;
  • Construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources;
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately;
  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary.

 

DT Concept Map

Curriculum Implementation

 

At Grove Primary Design Technology is a fundamental part of teaching and learning and is taught from EYFS to Year 6.

 

Children in the Early Years are encouraged to explore and use a range of media and materials whilst also developing their creativity, imagination and critical thinking. This the foundation on which learning is developed throughout the school.

 

We use a combination of schemes of work to support our planning and teaching of Design Technology in years 1-6. The DT Associations Projects on a Page and Plan Bee alongside the National Curriculum ensures a well-structured progression of DT knowledge and skills throughout the school.

 

Design Technology is taught on a half termly basis which alternates with Art. In addition to Design Technology lessons, children are also given the opportunity to develop and apply their Design Technology knowledge and skills during Woodland sessions. 

Curriculum Impact

 

Our vision is for children to have a love of Design Technology and develop their creative, design and making skills. Pupil voice is an important part of our assessment allowing us to continually reflect upon our Design Technology curriculum and our offer of extra-curricular activities.

 

Formative assessment is used to move children’s learning forward in Design Technology and to inform next steps. Summative assessments take place on a termly basis and attainment is tracked against National Curriculum expectations. This allows us to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.

DT Skills, Knowledge and Technical Vocabulary


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