D&T Intent

Intent

Following the national curriculum for Design & Technology, our intent is that all our children will:

Head

  • Research existing products.
  • Have opportunities to develop purposeful drawing and design skills to design a new product for a specific purpose based on their research.
  • Have opportunities to make their product, using modelling and prototypes to develop their design.
  • Be able to critically evaluate their finished product.
  • To understand that ‘something’ is made for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose’.

Heart

  • Foster curiosity and creativity about what they are learning and about the world around them, to ask questions
  • Foster a love of learning new knowledge and skills, a love of building on existing knowledge and skills and a love of creating, planning and undertaking the design process, methodically.
  • Have resilience and determination by knowing that hard work will give us the answers and help us to succeed e.g. when developing new skills and techniques.
  • To know that it is OK to not get things right all of the time and we learn from mistakes.

Hand

  • Have an awareness of the impact that Design and Technology has on our lives and the lives of future generations.
  • Be encouraged to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements. 

Implementation:

  • A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Design and Technology: Key skills, Cooking and nutrition, structures, moving parts and electronics.
  • Children will follow the specific disciplines of researching existing products, purposeful drawing and design skills developing from simple sketches through to exploded diagrams, modelling, prototypes, mechanisms and constructing products all with a clear social purpose.
  • Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, drawn and verbal communication of their skills.
  • Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working creatively.
  • Knowledge organisers for each topic will show the teaching and learning that will take place and highlight the specific vocabulary for the topic.
  • Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible.
  • Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry-based learners.
  • Attainment will be assessed each half term through moderation of portfolio work and evaluated, finished products.

 

Impact:

The impact of our Design Technology curriculum is that each child learns more, knows more and remembers more so that they reach their full potential in this curriculum area. 

  • Most children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Design Technology with a real-life context.
  • Children will know the impact that Design Technology has on our lives.
  • Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Children will work collaboratively and practically to design and create.
  • Children will be able to explain the processes they have taken.