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How DT is implemented at our school

Design Technology Curriculum

Intent

At St Joseph’s Design and 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. Children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety.

The skills learned in D&T also help with learning across the curriculum. Knowledge about the properties of materials helps in science and the practice of measuring accurately helps in maths. These skills help in IT through the children’s use of computer control and, naturally, in art and design. Design and Technology encourages children to be creative and innovative. Our Design Technology education helps develop children’s skills through collaborative working and problem-solving, and knowledge in design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical systems.

There are three core activities children engage within Design and Technology:

  • Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products
  • Focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills
  • Designing and making activities in which children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'

These three activities are combined in sequence to create a Design and Technology project.

 

How this is implemented at St. Joseph’s

At St Joseph’s Design Technology skills are taught discretely, in all year groups. Through the Commando Joes Curriculum we use themes that make Design Technology Projects relevant and enjoyable for the children. Enrichment activities,  trips and workshops are also incorporated to enhance their Cultural Capital. We also use the DaTA Projects on a page scheme, to ensure that key aspects, skills and vocabulary are taught across all key stages. Planning of DT lessons follows a process of research, design, make and evaluate. Evidence of pupil’s work and progress is recorded in topic books, project booklets and on Seesaw. Through the use of high quality resources, and by making clear links with Maths, Geography, History and Science, children are able to apply their skills and to deepen their learning across the curriculum.

Impact of Design Technology at St Joseph’s

Assessment of children's learning in Design Technology undertaken through ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.

 

Design Technology is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of topic book and Seesaw scrutinies, looking at outcomes and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.

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