Our Design Technology Curriculum
St Paul’s C.E. Primary School
Design Technology Curriculum Statement 2021 – 2022.
At St Paul’s we have designed our DT curriculum to be inclusive and accessible for all children. We believe that the teaching of DT is essential for all children across all age ranges as it provides them with vital skills which will help throughout their lives. It is an important subject which helps us provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that a high-quality DT education should be inspiring, rigorous and practical. It should use creativity, imagination, pupil design and problem solving in order to provide the children with the correct skills and knowledge to progress through the subject. Our DT curriculum will incorporate a broad range of cross curricular knowledge such as; mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. It is our aim, as educators, to provide children with the skills to understand, interpret, analyse and evaluate different types of design and technology. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, our children develop their critical thinking. We aim to provide all children with the skills and knowledge to achieve at least the agreed age expectations in DT. We hope that they foster a love of DT and use this to express themselves in a variety of contexts.
At St Paul’s we closely follow the programmes of study for DT set out in the National Curriculum. The teaching of DT has been planned across the entire school, from the EYFS to UKS2, to ensure a coherent and chronological narrative. In the EYFS, we focus on the specific areas of exploring and using media and materials as well as expanding their imaginations. At KS1 we focus on the key skills needed to develop their knowledge, understanding and practical experiences. By UKS2 the children have developed their skills and techniques, become creative and expressive within their work whilst designing and evaluating items which are fit for a purpose. DT has a weekly, 1 hour slot, every other halfterm, for every year group and is also included in our enrichment programme, which encompasses all children from Y1-Y6. We believe that DT is a fluid subject and can be taught in a cross-curricular way, in relation to our topics of focus. Each unit of study has been designed to include the National
Curriculum skills required for the specific key stage and the subject specific vocabulary. Key skills are highlighted on an assessment sheet, for every child, when the teacher is confident that they have gained this skill. In order to embed knowledge and skills into long term memory, each year group builds upon and uses prior skills to further push the children to reach their full potential. Learning, experimenting and trialling new techniques should be presented in the children’s Art/DT books which should be individual to every child an follows them through school.
Children enjoy DT and are keen to experiment and try new techniques which will allow them to explore their creativity. This is evidenced through the children’s Art/DT books and the work that they produce. They are inspired by design technologies from all around the world and this is reflected in the DT work around school. Children have an individual style which blossoms throughout their time at school and DT lessons, in particular, allow them to show off their uniqueness. They are able to use transferable skills and are well prepared for the next stage of their learning journey. All children will make good progress and achieve at least age expected standard in DT.