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Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Intent

Design and Technology at Mill Lane Primary School prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Design and Technology encourages children to become creative problem solvers and enables them to identify needs and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of innovative ideas. Through the study of Design and Technology, children will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present ideas, their uses and impacts. Our local area offers wonderful links for our children to aspire to achieve through Design and Technology.

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Design and Technology, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Design and Technology is taught in termly blocks focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.

In Design and Technology lessons at Mill Lane Primary School:

• We begin by sharing the intent with the children, this reminds them of the skills they will develop throughout Design and Technology lessons.
• We discuss our project with the children and consider the user and purpose. We will focus on the design brief and identify any needs or problems and solve them.
• We will then carry out any focus tasks, introducing new vocabulary and skills as they are encountered.
• At the end of each lesson, children will be given the opportunity to reflect upon their ideas and how well they have met the design brief so far.

Lesson Structure: Each Design and Technology topic will follow the same sequence with some processes repeating across the topic. The four elements are; Research, design, make and evaluate.

Cross Curricular Links: Where possible, Design and Technology will link to current topics and local links, this will make the children’s learning relevant and encourage pupils to make connections and remember the knowledge and skills they have already been taught.

The children in our nurture class are taught using their own personalised curriculum. They access a hands-on curriculum that follows the thread of the whole school planning. Their work is differentiated following assessments using PIVATs and personal assessments.

Impact

Design and Technology at Mill Lane Primary prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Design and Technology encourages children to become creative problem solvers and enables them to identify needs and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of innovative ideas. Through the study of Design and Technology, children will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present ideas, their uses and impacts.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

• Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
• Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
• Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
• Moderation meetings with the subject leader where pupil’s work is scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their own classes work.
• Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
• Marking of work including the use of verbal feedback.

Evaluate their skills against those identified on the Progression of Skills document.