Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. Pupils from year 1- 6 acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. As pupils progress, they begin to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Design and Technology. Through Design and Technology Theme days focus, the children are able to become more confident and proficient in the designing, making and evaluating process of creating a product. Where appropriate, children will use their previous knowledge to develop their skills and technical knowledge specific to their Key Stage.
At Snapethorpe this academic year, Design and Technology is taught within our Curriculum Theme days (2 full days of learning- half term chosen by year groups) using the national curriculum objectives. As a school, we have ensured that each area of focus is broken down into year group specific expectations allowing children to develop new skills and access technical knowledge as they progress through the year groups. At the end of the unit of work completed, children will complete a topic quiz to help monitor their embedded learning and progress. This allows our children time to apply new skills that have been taught and build on those they have already developed in previous years. Teachers also make links where appropriate through other subjects such as history, geography and science across the year whereby children can review and apply their learnt skills. During sessions, pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on society today.
Visits are used to inspire our children, and to gain experience of design and technology in daily life and the wider world. By giving the children the opportunity to see first-hand, engages and inspires them, allowing them to see the vast variety of inventions action.
We hope that all children can show their creative and innovative side, following the structure of designing, making and evaluating their end product. Our children will use a variety of different resources and be able to learn new skills. They will build on previous years skills to continuously strengthen their technical knowledge throughout the years. . Children enjoy celebrating their successes, therefore examples of their work are visible around school, showing their achievements.
Below identifies the knowledge our pupils will know when they have been taught the curriculum.