Design Technology brings learning to life. It is a motivating context for discovering literacy, mathematics, science, art, PSHE and ICT. At St Clare’s, Design Technology education involves two important elements - learning about the designed and made world and how things work, and learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users. Through Design Technology at St Clare’s, we aim to provide opportunities for all our pupils to develop their capabilities in these areas. By combining their design and making skills with technical knowledge and understanding, they learn to create quality products.
At St Clare’s, the DT curriculum aims to:
- Develop pupils’ critical thinking, enabling them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things;
- Enable pupils to investigate and talk about how things work, and to draw and model their own ideas;
- Encourage pupils to select the most appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
- Explore attitudes towards the ‘made’ world and how we live and work within it;
- Develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society;
- Appreciate the work of contemporary and historic designers and their contribution to the world in which we live;
- Foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things;
- Develop evaluation skills to critically analyse and improve products and designs;
- Develop the cross-curricular use of Design Technology in other subjects, particularly Computing, Maths and Science.
Through the DT curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
In accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
Long term curriculum planning is based upon the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study for Design Technology. The Curriculum Map for DT shows how DT coverage is ensured across KS1, LKS2 and UKS2, using the ‘Projects on a Page’ scheme units of work, covered in each year group every term. All teaching of DT should follow the research, design, make and evaluate cycle. These units of work have been compiled, planned and agreed by the DT subject leader and class teachers and endorsed by SI Liverpool Curriculum Lead. DT plans, teaching and learning are monitored by the DT lead for coherence and progression. Teachers are careful to select topics and methods of delivery that are appropriate to the needs and experience of the pupils and to the local circumstances of the school. Children showing extensive aptitude in DT will be celebrated in weekly celebration assemblies. Pupils may also have their work displayed in school and presented to parents.
At St Clare’s Primary School, Design Technology is a popular subject with our pupils. They favour making decisions for themselves, planning purposeful projects and doing practical work to see their ideas come to life. Children 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. Our children are becoming creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.