At Shawfield we aim to provide a high-quality design technology education. This should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to design, make and evaluate a range of products. As pupils progress, they should be able to think and work creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. The children should also be given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and be encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. The two subjects of Art and DT will alternate in KS1 and KS2.
We have adopted the Projects on a Page scheme of work for design technology. This scheme of work was written by the Design & Technology Association (DATA) in response to the 2014 National Curriculum for DT. It is based upon the universal principles of effective teaching and learning in D&T. It supports children working through the principles of designing, making, evaluating, whilst building technical knowledge using a range of mediums, tools and materials. Our learning in DT his highly practical and creative. Often units are linked to the children's wider class topic.
•Design technology opportunities are carefully planned linking where possible to units of work in other subjects.
•Effective modelling of skills allows children to create products safely.
•Displays not only promote and celebrate excellence in design technology across the curriculum, but also encourage children to value their own work and that of others.
•Clear teaching and learning objectives enable high quality teaching of core skills to enable good design technology outcomes.
•Real life contexts are selected carefully to motivate children and promote problem-solving skills.