Design and Technology
Design and Technology Curriculum Design at Brookfield Community Primary School
Curriculum Area: Design and Technology
Subject Leader: Miss Leonie McNee
Our Design and Technology curriculum aims to provide children with real-life context for learning. As an inspiring and practical subject, we intend to prepare children to deal with an ever-changing technological world, encouraging them to become creative and resourceful problem solvers, working both independently and as members of a team.
The national 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.
We aim to motivate and inspire children through a curriculum that stimulates, engages and challenges all learners. Our curriculum aims to develop children to learn to think creatively to solve problems. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.
Design and Technology at Brookfield is designed to teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. Skills are taught sequentially across the key stages and new skills build on and develop the skills taught in previous year groups.
Our School Mission Statement ‘Many hearts make a school’ and our Learning Powers, are at the heart of our curriculum and all that we do at Brookfield Community Primary School.
In Design and Technology, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils including those with special educational needs and the more able.
The curriculum is progressive and based on the needs of our children. Design and Technology skills are built into lessons, in order to embed practical, transferable skills.
At the beginning of each unit, children share their prior knowledge, which informs planning and teaching. A series of stimulating lessons are planned, with clear knowledge and skills -based learning objectives and subject-specific vocabulary, which is included on the termly knowledge organisers. End of unit assessment
tasks are used to demonstrate progress, knowledge and understanding. Teachers assess learning in Design and Technology against knowledge-based and skills-based learning objectives.
Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’ as described in the Teaching and Learning Policy. Enrichment opportunities, including inspirational visitors and exciting educational visits, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.
Our well-planned Design and Technology curriculum ensures that children are given essential knowledge and skills.
All pupils’ learning is progressive, developmental and stimulating. Teaching ensures that children develop learning powers enabling each one to be the best they can be.