At Woodloes Primary School, the intent of design and technology (DT) sessions is to provide pupils with a real-life context for learning in this practical and rigorous subject, whilst ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum inspires pupils to be creative and innovative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation and evaluation.
During DT sessions, we develop the pupils’ awareness of the impact design and technology has on our lives so they are equipped with the skill set to navigate an ever-changing technological world. Pupils also develop and display the confidence to take risks and build resilience, through drafting designs following criteria, modelling and testing.
DT teaching follows the design, make and evaluate cycle in which each stage is rooted in technical knowledge. The design process is influenced by real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children are given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. In the evaluation, children evaluate their own products against design criteria, with key vocabulary being introduced/used and discussed during each stage.
The key DT skills we teach the children are:
The Kapow Primary Scheme is used to plan and teach half-termly design and technology units; ensuring full coverage of content of the National Curriculum. Each session identifies clearly the skills and knowledge to be taught which enables progression, both throughout the year, as well as throughout the school. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
Wherever possible, year group teams will make strong, relevant links between other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art, to strengthen the quality of knowledge and skills delivered to the children.
Through their immersion in the design and technology curriculum, pupils at Woodloes will become reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. By the time children reach Year 6, they will be confidently performing everyday tasks and applying their knowledge, but most importantly, be enthusiastic children with a profound love of learning.
Assessments linked to design and technology take place throughout the academic year, and children are assessed against age related expectations by their class teacher. The results of these assessments are recorded are used to inform judgements linked to attainment and progress, and assessments linked to age related expectations are shared with parents/carers in the end of year report.
The impact of the design and technology curriculum at Woodloes Primary School will be assessed through subject specific monitoring and participation in the deep dive process. Accompanying evidence will be provided through pupil interviews, lesson visits, teachers questionnaires, work trawls, learning walks and the analysis of data.
Woodloes Primary School Design and Technology Curriculum
Skills and Knowledge Progression