At St Marys we want to teach children to take risks, become resourceful and innovative. Through Design and Technology, we will equip them with the knowledge and skills to think creatively and problem solve.
We emphasise subject specific vocabulary because at St Mary’s we have many children with English as their second language.
We offer a coherently planned sequence of lessons to ensure pupils have progressively covered the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum. At St Mary’s we aim to inspire children through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The iterative design process is fundamental and runs throughout the lessons. This iterative process encourages children to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. As part of the iterative process, time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve on prototypes using design criteria throughout to support this process. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators.
At St Mary’s Design and Technology is taught as part of a thematic approach, with links being made to other areas of the curriculum where possible. St Mary’s follows the National Curriculum for D&T in all year groups to enable children to make good progress from EYFS to Year 6. The school uses the Lancashire planning as a basis for what we teach. Lessons are taught through topics with half a term spent on each topic. Design and Technology is taught as a stand-alone subject split into the three strands of mechanical, textiles and cooking with links being made to other areas of the curriculum where those links are strong. Children coming into St Mary’s have limited access to activities and experiences which promote and develop skills used within cooking and Design and Technology. On entry, children tend to have underdeveloped fine motor skills, which are significantly improved through the carefully planned and facilitated provision within EYFS. The children are discretely taught what makes a good designer and that the designing process is a cyclical sequence where designers are constantly looking for ways to seek solutions and improve their products further. They will also have the opportunity to test and refine their products by practising using prototypes. Children will have the opportunity to develop their textiles abilities during Christmas crafting and Year 6 will use computer aided design as part of their textiles unit. From EYFS all the way through to year 6, all children experience high quality cooking days which teaches them crucial techniques when preparing food- this is often part of the Food For Life Taste Ed sessions. In 23, the school achieved the Silver Food for Life Award. Assessment is tracked on the school assessment system of Target Tracker in December and in June.
Design and Technology Disciplinary Skills Taught