Design & Technology

Intent

We recognise that Design & Technology should ultimately stimulate curiosity; using children’s interests and everyday experiences to make sense of the world around them. 

Children are encouraged to investigate and develop their problem solving skills during structured project-based activities. They also learn to use simple equipment and resources safely and develop specific techniques such as joining materials successfully.

Through examining Design and Technology in our daily lives and learning about the processes and lives of designers from our past and present, children develop their understanding of its impact in the wider world and build on their own critical thinking skills.

Implementation

We use Cornerstones Curriculum to ensure that our children experience effectively sequenced lessons that develop their designing, planning, making and evaluating skills.  

Each project focuses on one aspect of DT: structures; mechanisms; cooking and nutrition; and textiles. Using electronic systems and IT monitoring, as well as control elements explicitly taught in our Science projects, we ensure valuable links are made between other subjects’ skills and knowledge.

All projects contain focused, practical tasks to help children gain the knowledge and skills needed to become independent designers. Through the engaging ‘Innovate’ tasks designed by the Cornerstones Curriculum, they design, make, test and evaluate products to match specific design criteria and ensure they fit their intended purpose.

The Cornerstones DT Curriculum builds in opportunities for core learning to be revisited and built upon each lesson, providing our children with a DT vocabulary and understanding that enables them to evaluate their own work and that of their peers.

Impact

The  impact of our art curriculum is monitored through the progress that children make. 

  • We use ‘Knowing more, remembering more’ questions at the start of every lesson, to recap the key knowledge and identify gaps in understanding. 
  • Each project works towards an independent ‘innovate’ task where teachers can observe how children have developed in their skills and knowledge. 
  • ‘Low stakes’ quizzes at the end of each unit help consolidate knowledge. 
  • Book looks are completed every 2nd term to check coverage and progression across the school.