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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Intent - What do we aspire for our children?
At St Anne's our aim is for children to become innovative and creative thinkers with an appreciation for the product design cycle from ideas to creation through to evaluation. We want the children to develop the confidence to take risks, through deigning draft concepts, modelling, testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their own work and the work of others. Through our DT curriculum, we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on everyday lives and encourage children to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the motivation to contribute to future design developments.
At St Anne's use the Kapow Design and Technology scheme of work which enables the pupils to meet and of key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align to those in the National curriculum.
Characteristics of a Designer
Implementation- How we will deliver the curriculum
St Anne's uses the Kapow Design and Technology scheme of work. Progression of skills are built into the scheme, which offers comprehensive coverage of the National curriculum aims and programmes of study for this subject.
The National curriculum organises the design and technology attainment targets into five strands:
Through our curriculum offer children respond to design briefs and scenarios which require consideration of the needs of others, developing their skills in five key areas:
The curriculum is a 'spiral curriculum' in which key areas are visited again and again, with increasing complexity, allowing children to revisit and build on prior learning, to support long term recall.
Aspirations for the Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Designer:
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Impact- How Do We Know Our Curriculum is Effective?
Our curriculum is designed to support teachers to make formative and summative assessments within each unit through lesson by lesson observations against the learning objectives, retrieval exercises and unit quizzes.
The expected impact of our DT curriculum is that children will: