At Farcet C of E Primary School we believe that design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils:
- Problem solve creatively whilst working as individuals and members of a team.
- Use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own (and others’) needs, wants and values.
- Link work, whenever possible, to other subjects including mathematics, science, computing and art.
- Reflect upon, and evaluate, past and present designs and technology identifying uses and effectiveness.
- Are encouraged to become innovators and risk takers.
- Know about great designers and understand the historical and cultural significance of their work.
As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of design and technology.
We aim to make sure the subject matter is broad and includes culturally and ethnically diverse topics and designers. This is because our children need to understand that technology is designed, and made, by all sorts of people. They should also know how design reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. It is paramount that design and technology work be purposeful and relevant to the children.
During design and technology lessons, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment before reflecting on why some ideas are more successful than others for a particular project.
Teachers plan the following based on a progression document and a long-term subject overview:
- A medium term plan which outlines the knowledge all children must master during the half term.
- A cycle of lessons for design and technology, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning.
- Key vocabulary.
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
Our design and technology curriculum is 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:
- 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.