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Design and Technology

Welcome to the Design Technology page

The subject philosophy

Intent (What skills and knowledge do we intend our children to gain?)

At St Peter’s Primary School, we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

We intend to design a design technology curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.

Implementation (How has the curriculum been developed, how is it taught and how is it assessed in order to support our children to build their knowledge and apply that knowledge to develop their artistic skills?)

The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.

  • Delivery of design and technology projects with a clear structure. Each year group will undertake a construction topic, a textile topic and a food/drink topic with delivery showing a clear following of the design process where each project will follow the research, design, make and evaluate stages. A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken. Teaching and learning will address clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context. Independent learning will be promoted across the year groups; in design technology children may well be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology. The children will also be encouraged collaborate on different projects.
  • Impact (What outcomes will our children achieve as a result of the curriculum they have received?)
  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply this to other areas of the curriculum. Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school. The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology. As designers’ children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.



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