Design and Technology

OUR VISION FOR DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Design and Technology in primary schools develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children’s creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.

D&T gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

We follow the National Curriculum for D&T but also enhance and change our offer to meet the needs of our children and our community.

MEET OUR SUBJECT LEADER

Mrs Whittingham is our leader of design and technology. She is passionate about children being given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate real life quality products and link with the world of industry. Mrs Whittingham encourages our teachers and children to think like engineers. She believes  that giving children the opportunity to take part in design and technology projects helps  prepare them for the world of work and encourages the development of enquiring minds.

CPD

The teachers have had training in how to use the D&T assessment documents. This has helped them to make decisions about children’s achievements and continue to plan a challenging curriculum.

Before each unit of D&T curriculum is delivered , the teachers are supported by Mrs Whittingham in a staff meeting with ideas , planning and resources

Mrs Whittingham has supported a D&T subject leader in developing their D&T curriculum for their own school.

Mrs Whittingham delivers the D&T workshop to our School Direct Associate Teachers each year.

CLUBS

We have continued to offer clubs during the pandemic but have had less choice due to COVID safety guidelines.

Our DT clubs include;

  • Cookery club
  • Lego club
  • Forest schools
  • Gardening club

AWARDS

Previous year groups have won both local First Lego League competitions and young designers competitions.

Each term , after the completion of a unit of work, teachers nominate someone for the D&T award, for excelling in their design and creation skills.

Curriculum Overview and Skills Progression