Design and Technology
At St James, Design and Technology is taught with the intent to maximise the
potential of all of our pupils; intellectually, socially, morally, emotionally and
culturally. We take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of
our pupils, based around a resilience for learning and achieving greatness. Most
importantly we allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment,
where their views are valued.
Design and Technology is taught through discrete, meaningful lessons in which,
children are taught through the three phases of designing, making and evaluating
their own products. Each year group focuses on 3 topics throughout the year and
each topic will focus on a separate set of skills. As children progress through the
school, they are presented with opportunities to develop these skills, as similar topics
are revisited and built upon. Teachers follow the curriculum overview, but are
encouraged to be creative with their lessons, whilst still ensuring all aspects of the
National Curriculum are covered.
At St James, we split the terms between Design and Technology and Art, with
subjects alternating each half term. The time dedicated to Design and Technology
ensures that each topic can be delivered to a high standard and children can create
important and useful products. All children are encouraged, yet challenged during
Design and Technology lessons through continuous verbal feedback and through
problems presented to them.
During Design and Technology lessons, many cross-curricular links are observed.
Maths links are easy to come across during any Design and Technology lesson;
children are continuously measuring during the ‘design’ and ‘make’ phases of
lessons. During cooking topics, children are measuring out ingredients, as well as
calculating the quantities of different recipes. Instructions are often created as part of
the ‘design’ phase, which has a direct link to English. Through the children
presenting their products confidently oracy skills are practiced. Science knowledge is
practiced when children are creating products that require physics knowledge (gears,
pulleys, cams, levers and linkages) and electriacal systems (series circuits
incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors). Teachers also encourage
children to consider the impact their product can have on the wider world, to ensure
they realise the difference they may make in the future.
Each topic ends with all children creating a final product; these products are a
fantastic way for children to demonstrate the skills they have learnt. Throughout the
school, children are given the opportunity to consolidate their skills by creating their
final product. Each lesson builds on the previous and children’s skills are improved
upon throughout each topic. It is also clear to see the progression of skills throughout
the school through the quality of products each year group creates. Subject and
school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing
regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.
Please click here to view the DT subject overview