Curriculum

Design Technology at Saint John Southworth R C Primary School

 

The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Curriculum  

Our Design Technology Lead is Jemma Stuttard

 

Intent

At SJS we believe that Design and Technology should give children the opportunity to develop their technical, creative and practical skills. Our challenging curriculum has an appropriate balance of content across the Key Stages (this includes Mechanisms, Structures, Food and Textiles).  We aim to make DT relevant for our children through visits and visitors, within the local and wider community.

 

Implementation

Throughout their time at our school, children develop their DT skills in six principles: -

  • User
  • Purpose
  • Functionality
  • Design decisions
  • Innovations and
  • Authenticity.

Details of the topics covered in each group can be found on the Design and Technology long-term plan. Children also have many opportunities to apply their DT skills in many other curriculum areas.

Children use sketchbooks/planning books throughout their time at school. This allows them to develop skills of designing, have the opportunity to understand and apply the iterative process when designing and making their product; and evaluating their work, with the opportunity to revisit their ideas.

Our children’s learning is supported and enhanced throughout the school, with displays and photographs; extra-curricular clubs and visits.

Impact

Throughout their time at SJS, children will develop their key skills in line with the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is reviewed annually by all members of our school community.

We aim to see in our children’s work: -

  • Creative, technical and practical expertise to perform everyday tasks confidently and this will allow them to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and that they learn how to cook.

The impact of our Design and Technology curriculum will be that our children develop and progress in the key skills outlined in the National Curriculum. The findings from our pupil voice and book looks will ensure the impact of our teaching and learning allows children to be enthused and develop their key skills by reviewing our practice annually.

The impact of curriculum will ensure that our children develop and consolidate:

  • Creative, technical and practical expertise to perform everyday tasks confidently and this will allow them to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and that they learn how to cook.

 Progression of skills and knowledge document

 Design and Technology Long-term plan