Design & Technology
At All Saints, Design and Technology is led by Miss Pickering. Having studied fine art and textiles, Miss Pickering has a good understanding of the fundamental skills that make up our curriculum. She has a passion for designing and creating and hopes that this will inspire the children at our school to learn the skills they need to proudly share and celebrate their work with the rest of the school.
At All Saints we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It can be found in many of the object’s children use each day and is a part of children’s immediate experiences. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At All Saints, the Design and Technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts, and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality design and technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth, and well-being of the nation which links in with our Biblical Root, 'We Are God's Handiwork'.
At All Saints, the curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Key skills and knowledge for DT have been mapped across the school to ensure clear progression through the year groups. Key concepts and technical vocabulary are also included in planning which follows an overall design, make, evaluate structure. Encouraging the use of technical vocabulary during discussion opportunities links directly into our whole school focus on improving oracy skills.
Units on nutrition are taught ensuring that children have a growing understanding of where food comes from, its seasonality and the need for a healthy and varied diet.
The intended impact is that the children enjoy taking ownership of their learning, making decisions for themselves and creating products they can see, touch and taste. The children then proudly share and celebrate their work with the rest of the school and evaluate their design against a product specification.
Progression in D&T will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books, which pass with the child to the next year group, displays and photographic evidence.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly. Design Technology is covered throughout the year through weekly themes taken from the interests of the children. Weekly enhanced provision is planned to ensure the children have the opportunity to explore designing and making skills independently throughout the week.