DT curriculum statement
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At St Augustine's, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values as well as enhance and develop practical skills which will carry through each stage of their learning and beyond. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art, as well as providing examples and instances of the use and value of design in our community. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. We use the subject to raise awareness of possibilities for the future and to allow children to develop our PRIDE values.
· Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum plans. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
· Delivery showing clear following of the design process where each project will follow: 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.
· Design Technology displayed throughout school. These displays celebrate exceptional practice and exemplify terminology and vocabulary used.
· Independent learning: In design technology, children may well be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology.
· 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 challenging, yet rewarding goal.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We will constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW. Children will know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology and the large majority of children will achieve age related expectations. As designers, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.
The way pupils showcase, share and celebrate their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. Progress of our design technology curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes.