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St Wilfrids C of E Aided Primary School

St Wilfrids C of E Aided Primary School

Design Technology

Intent

Our curriculum is focused on providing children with  lifelong skills and experiences to design and create  products using a variety of different resources. We want children to be equipped with a range of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for  different users and to be able to evaluate their own designs and those of their classmates.

Implementation

Our curriculum follows the structure of designing, making and evaluating. Projects are linked to topics where possible, for example children make an air raid shelter during Upper Key Stage Two’s History topic of World War 2. Design Technology skills are taught through these projects and progress through the key stages from simple joining techniques using string in EYFS through to using strengthening and stiffening techniques when making structures in Years 5 and 6. At each stage children work collaboratively and discuss ideas and designs before making. Children are given the opportunity to look at examples of similar products to the one they are trying to make. From Year 1 to 6, children will evaluate the effectiveness of what they have made at the end of the unit of work.

Impact

The curriculum will be assessed through the pupils’ DT learning journeys, finished pieces, displays and photographic evidence. A level of attainment and attitude to design and technology sessions is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents. They will 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 and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. The children will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.