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Design & Technology

Aims

We follow national curriculum for design and technology to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • 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.
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Planning

Projects will enable our pupils to:

  • Draw upon prior learning
  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Develop technical knowledge and understanding

The curriculum is split to follow our mixed age planning policy used throughout the subjects.   Over the years, our pupils work with the following aspects:

  • Structures, mechanisms, textiles and food in Key Stage One.
  • Structures, mechanisms, textiles, mechanical systems, electrical systems and food in Key Stage Two.

Teachers will plan projects which have meaning and purpose and think about the overall potential of the project.    The project title will follow this frame:

Design, make and evaluate a _______ (product) for __________ (user) for ________ (purpose).

Every pupil will work on three projects every year.  During every project, pupils will have the opportunity to carry out:

  • Investigative and Evaluative Activities (IEAs)
  • Focused Tasks (FTs)
  • Design, Make and Evaluate Assignment (DMEA)

The planned project will be evaluated against the criteria web and adjusted if needed.

The pupils will be expected to work in an iterative way to encourage creative any cyclical thinking at every stage.

The Design Technology planning sheets will be used as a starting point for each project.   The process will be followed but the purpose changed so that even if a planning sheet is used twice within the cycle of learning at their time at school, the projects will not be repeated.

Recording

Every pupil has a design technology book where the projects they carry out are recorded for a clear map of their progress and experience in the subject at their time at our school.

The books are passed up through the school and are used for formative and summative assessment.

Each project should show the required ITAs, FTs and DMEAs.  These could take the form of project planning, photographs, printed work, transcripts and evaluations (self and peer).

Assessment

The assessment sheets from the Design Technology Association to work along-side the projects on a page cards will be used during and after each project to record attainment and ensure all teachers have a clear understanding of what standards should look like in their Key Stage and class.  A copy of these assessments will be passed on to the subject leader to monitor progression and standards across the school.

A summative sheet will be completed at the end of each project to identify those working towards, at or at greater depth within the aspect taught.  These will also be passed on to the subject leader and also the teacher who is receiving the pupils as they change class and or teacher.