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Design and Technology

Intent

 

At Chorlton C of E Design and Technology is about designing and making something for someone, for a purpose. We believe that Design and Technology is an important subject which fosters knowledge and skills which prepare children to be able to participate in the rapidly changing world.

 

Our Design and Technology curriculum is planned with these goals in mind:

 

  • For children to become creative problem-solvers
  • To develop children who are able to reflect and evaluate choices 
  • For children to become innovators and risk-takers as individuals and as part of a team
  • For children to have an understanding of healthy living
  • To teach children practical life skills
  • To enable all pupils including those with SEND to make good progress
  • To prepare our children for a world of technology


 

Implementation

 

The requirements of the Design and Technology curriculum are taught using the Projects on a Page produced by the Design and Technology Association, as the starting point. The curriculum is split into the strands: Food, Textiles, Mechanisms, Mechanical Systems and Electrical Systems. Key knowledge and skills are taught and revisited, D&T is taught in mixed ability groups. We give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and progression is planned so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

 

Each Year group completes one Design and Technology unit each term. Each project addresses the Design and Technology principles:

 

User- Children consider who the product is for and considers their wants and needs.

Purpose- Children are able to explain the purpose of their products and be able to evaluate them.

Functionality- Children make products to fulfil the user’s needs which work rather than being purely aesthetic.

Design- Children use their creativity, skills and knowledge and draw upon relevant knowledge in other subjects to make decisions about the product.

Innovation- Children are encouraged to be original with their thinking.

Authenticity- The products which are designed and made should be real and relevant.

 

In Nursery and Reception, children are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the world through a range of activities both independently in Continuous Provision, and through termly teacher-led projects.  In the EYFS children complete projects covering the strands Food, Structures and Mechanisms.  


 

Impact

Children at our School are creative and are excited about Design and technology.  They see Design and Technology as a very relevant subject and readily make links with other subjects such as ICT, science and maths. 

We measure the impact of our Design and Technology curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil self-reflection, discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Evidence uploaded by the pupils and by the teacher on Seesaw.
  • Discussions between children and teacher and feedback to help children understand their next steps in learning.
  • Reflection on the design, make, evaluate process rather than on the end product.
  • Dedicated Design and Technology leader time
  • Reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).
  • Governor monitoring with our subject computing link governor.

 

Teacher assessment is recorded at agreed points through the year on FFT.

 

 

Impact

Assessment of children's learning in Design Technology takes the form of ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills using key questioning skills built into lessons by the class teacher. Child-led assessment such as success criteria and evaluation grids are also used to inform the differentiation, support and challenge required by the children. Summative assessment is conducted termly by class teachers across each year group and is aimed at targeting next steps in learning as well as informing the subject leader of progress and skills/knowledge still to be embedded. 

Design Technology is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of collection of evidence (photos), book monitoring, looking at outcomes measured against age-based progression and pupil interviews to discuss their learning. This tangible evidence aids understanding and establishes the impact of the teaching taking place.

 

By the time children leave our school they will have:

  • the ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop a detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • the ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using a range of materials carefully and working safely.
  • a thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • the ability to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.
  • the ability to manage risks, be resourceful, innovative and enterprising to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
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“An Adventure for the Mind, and a Home for the Heart”

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