Design Technology at SS. Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy
At SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy we believe that a high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation and should be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We believe that by using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Teaching should equip pupils with a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils 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.
Our aims are that all of our children gain:
- The creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- The ability to 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.
- The ability to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- To be able to demonstrate an understanding and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Design and Technology at SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy is taught in units throughout the year on alternate terms to Art and Design. Each year group focuses on 3 topics throughout the year and each topic will focus on a separate set of skills. Through their work in Design and Technology, children are taught through the three phases of designing, making and evaluating their own products which enables them to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making through a variety of creative and practical activities. They will work in a range of relevant contexts, for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment. As pupils progress through the school, they are presented with opportunities to develop these skills, as similar topics are revisited and built upon, this enables the pupils to deepen their understanding of designing, making and evaluating a range of products, using pre-existing products for inspiration and selecting and using a variety of tools to help them complete their tasks with accuracy and confidence.
We follow the Projects on a Page scheme of work, which allows the teachers to be creative with their lessons, whilst still ensuring all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills for each unit and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. A progress map of core objectives is used to ensure planning follows a clear route of progression throughout the key stages.
In the Early Years, pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas. Practitioners will take into account the Characteristics of Effective Learning when they are planning, leading or supporting learning.
Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Cross-curricular outcomes in Design and Technology are specifically planned for, where appropriate.
The curriculum will enable teachers to consistently plan and deliver lessons of the highest standard and at the end of each year, children will achieve age related expectations in Design and Technology. They will retain the knowledge and skills learnt from each unit of work and make clear links in their learning.
The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning, reviews of pupils’ work and through pupil discussions about their learning.