At St Richard’s Catholic Primary School we recognise the importance of Design and Technology in everyday life and the importance it will have in our children’s future. Design and Technology is about practical problem solving and using materials available to us to solve problems in a real life environment. The process of identifying a need, designing a solution, building an artefact and testing and evaluating it can be satisfying to the child, particularly if it has some relevant function or application. We have designed a DT curriculum with the outdoor environment in mind and much of what the children do in DT will take place as part of their Forest Schools lessons.
We recognise the importance of Design and Technology for pupils of all abilities as a subject which helps prepare them for the challenges and demands of adult life as well as being an enjoyable and stimulating subject in its own right.
We at St Richard’s believe Design and Technology is an essential component of the curriculum because it aims to develop a knowledge of:
As well as developing a vast range of skills such as:
St Richard’s Catholic Primary School uses a variety of teaching and learning methods in Design and Technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the subject. Teachers ensure that children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, during planning and making products and when evaluating them. This is done through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities. Within lessons, children are given the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.
Our planning overview is based on the Design and Technology Association Progression documents. Planning for DT is set out in the curriculum planning for each phase which is shared with parents each half term.
Each topic is planned and delivered with clearly defined learning objectives which are shared with the pupils. Pupils’ work is assessed using our skills progression document adapted from the Design and Technology Association documents. Parents are informed of progress in DT during parents’ evening and through end of year reports.
We also aim to offer DT as part of the wider opportunities we offer at St Richard’s and we currently have a free DT club run by Mr Beal our Chair of Governors.