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Design & Technology

Intent

At Shavington Primary School we aim for our Design and Technology curriculum to create independent, inspired and lifelong learners. We are committed to ensuring that children are given opportunities to think and work creatively and collaboratively whilst using their own ideas to take risks in a safe and supportive environment. Using a topic based curriculum, we are committed to helping children develop skills that are transferable and relevant across the wider curriculum. Throughout their time here, children will design products and show this in a range of ways, building their skills and using research and knowledge of existing products to allow them to develop a design to base their products on. Children will also enhance their technical knowledge through a range of contexts. We aim for children to gain confidence in selecting the correct tools and materials required for their desired purpose, whilst giving children purposeful experiences to allow them to practice and refine their skills throughout their time at Shavington.

 

Implementation

At Shavington Primary School we follow the national curriculum for Design and Technology. Our Design and Technology curriculum is taught through a topic based approach. Children begin each unit by creating a base plan, which they edit and improve once they have developed their skills and knowledge, ensuring that their design is clear. Once a clear plan has been developed, children use appropriate materials and equipment to make the product, showing that they are reflective learners by questioning and improving their product as part of the making process. Once they have a finished product, children will evaluate their product based on the original design. Children are able to enhance their technical knowledge through research and discussion during topics and they are encouraged to develop an investigative mind-set through research and design, allowing them to expand their own knowledge of a product and challenge themselves to make improvements when making their own. Design and Technology is linked to class topics and incorporates writing, maths, science, computing and art in order to create cross-curricular opportunities.

 

Impact

At Shavington Primary School, we aim to provide high quality teaching of Design and Technology and ensure that we encourage children to be confident in their skills, ensuring progression through the school. As learning is topic based, children learn to apply their wider learning to their Design and Technology education.

Through quality teaching, we ensure that children are able to:

· Enhance their technical knowledge and grow confidence in the subject, eventually being able to independently select materials and tools based on their design.

· Research, analyse and evaluate real life products.

· Explore different ways of making a product, and continuously evaluate and improve as part of the making process.

· Be reflective learners, consider what went well and what could be improved and respond to this by improving the product.

· Build confidence in a range of areas including cooking and nutrition, working with electronics, textiles, construction and mechanisms.

· To develop learning that is relevant and purposeful by building upon cross curricular links, as well as links to wider life experiences.