“There are 3 responses to a piece of design - yes, no and wow! Wow is the one to aim for.”
Design Technology Curriculum Intent
Design and technology is about designing and making products for a specific user and purpose. It involves children in learning about the world we live in and developing a wide range of knowledge and skills through designing and making. It helps children to think through problems creatively, about how to organise themselves and how to use knowledge and skills to bring about change and to shape the environment. Through design and technology children become discriminating and informed users of products and become innovators.
We strive for children to work both independently and collaboratively using a ‘design, make and evaluate’ model and develop determination to refine their product, showing an understanding of users’ needs.
St Dunstan’s follow the Kapow Design Technology scheme
The National curriculum organises the Design and technology attainment targets under four subheadings that our DT planning follows:
● Design ● Make ● Evaluate ● Technical knowledge
There our six key areas that pupils revisit throughout their time at St Dunstan's, namely:
● Cooking and nutrition
● Mechanisms/ Mechanical systems
● Electrical systems (KS2 only)
● Digital world (KS2 only)
Kapow Primary’s Design and technology scheme has a clear progression of skills and knowledge within these strands and key areas across each year group.
Through Kapow Primary’s Design and technology scheme, pupils respond to design briefs and scenarios that require consideration of the needs of others, developing their skills in the six key areas.
Each of our key areas follows the design process (design, make and evaluate) and has a particular theme and focus from the technical knowledge or cooking and nutrition section of the curriculum. The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key areas revisited again and again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including practical hands-on, computer-based and inventive tasks. This variety means that lessons are e gaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.