Design Technology

Design Technology Curriculum
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

Intent

 

At St Francis School, Design and Technology teaching nurtures and develops the skills required to inspire the inventors, engineers, designers, and chefs of the future.  In EYFS, children acquire and learn DT under the ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ branch of the Foundation stage curriculum.   From Year 1 to Year 6, skills continue to be taught progressively, they can be encapsulated in to three concepts.

  • Mastering practical skills -Developing high quality products within the fields of food, materials, textiles, electronics, computing, construction and mechanics.
  • Following the design, make, evaluate and improve cycle, our children learn that design is an evolutionary process.
  • Take inspiration from design throughout history.  Researching and evaluating everyday products our children appreciate the part that the design process plays in our day to day lives.
  • The Skills taught with in these three threshold concepts are further broken down in to manageable taught milestones. The Milestones 1,2 and 3 correlates directly with KS1, LKS 2 and UKS2 and progress through the phases.
  • As a STEM subject, DT gives children opportunity to practically apply skills learnt in maths and science when developing design ideas and following technological process.

We will strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special education needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents, and those with English as an additional language (EAL), and we take all reasonable steps to achieve this

 

Implementation

 

  • DT is taught throughout the year, every two weeks to year groups on their Ex-day, either on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Lessons are delivered to smaller groups by our Design and Technology specialist Mrs Geraghty.
  • Biannually, Years 1- 6 design and produce their puppets, props, costumes and set for the school’s musical production.
  • In the classroom DT is used to enrich topic-based learning with standalone lessons in electronics and computing.
  • DT teaching correlates to the design, make, evaluate and improve process.  These steps children are encouraged to question and respond to a specific design brief or recipe. The brief is contextualised to our children’s familiar environment as well as introducing them to new ones. For instance, the design challenge faced might be in a school, playground, home, or an industrial or leisure or theatre setting.

As the process is cyclical, projects and topics are planned, tackled and are commenced in accordance with the briefs specific need.  Units and lessons may only tackle one or more of these strands.  Making time teaches children the skills and knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their product optimally.

We are a member of the Design and Technology Association (DATA). With their support we continue to evaluate the DT curriculum ensuring best practice.

 

Impact

St Francis pupils succeed in Design and Technology through progressing their thinking, making, design and evaluation skills.

  • This is measured and assessed in the end of the year annual report. 
  • DT inspires our children to tackle problems with solutions, develop their creative thinking and technical knowledge.
  • DT provides pupils the chance to progress their competence, uniting their ability to design and make by providing knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products and recipes.