Our Design and Technology subject leader is
Being the leader of a subject like Design Technology in an fast paced ever changing world is an exciting prospect. My vision is to use this subject to inspire the children to become the great designers, innovators and food technologists of the future!
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Quote from the National Curriculum
Our Design and Technology Vision
St. Peter’s Catholic Academy is committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for children. One which will allow children to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes.
We follow the National Curriculum Guidelines and these are incorporated into our topic overviews. This provides children with opportunities to ensure that investigating and making includes exploring and developing ideas and evaluating and developing work to develop their skills using a range of media and materials.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum, the aims for Design and Technology are to ensure that all pupils:
- Are offered opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
- Learn about the function of design in their own lives and in different times and cultures
- Learn how to make thoughtful judgments and aesthetic and practical decisions
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in design techniques, research, evaluating
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their designs.
- Become visually literate and to develop their individual capacity for imaginative and original thought.
Our Design Technology Curriculum is of a high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
At St Peter’s we alternate between Art and DT. We spend one half term on our Art skills and one half term on our DT skills. This equates to three half terms on each subject.
This is when each year group is doing DT or Art – whole school art or dt timetable
Our DT curriculum skills map can be found here – DT whole school curriculum
This is how we ensure the National Curriculum is covered within each year groups skills – NC and I know from focus education links
This is how we ensure our curriculum has progression at it’s heart –Progression in DT knowledge, concepts and skills
What does DT look like in our school?
Food and health is a passion of mine and we have worked really hard at St. Peter’s to promote this in school. We have developed our own growing area with the help of parents so that we can grow our own produce that we can use in our cooking and meals here at school. We have achieved the Silver Award for the “Food for life” project and a rewarding relationship with the local allotment.
From Early years when the children first begin their journey into school they are taught the importance of health and how to make healthy choices. We start teaching them the basic skills are preparing, cutting peeling and cooking their own healthy meals with seasonal fruit and vegetables. This is then built on year on year so that in Year 6 they can independently plan, prepare and cook a healthy meal.
The children have had fantastic opportunities to develop and perfect some key skills and techniques such as weaving, sowing, constructing, building, designing and making structures and products not just in school but through after school provision and home learning.
Design and Technology Summer 2021
Design and Technology Spring 2021
Design and Technology from 2019-2020