DESIGN AND TECHNOLGY SUBJECT LEADER PLANNING STATEMENT
Intent, Implementation and Impact
Article 29 states:
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for…their own and other cultures and the environment.
“Design is intelligence made visible.” – Alina Wheeler
At Rickmansworth Park JMI School we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which is inspiring, rigorous, and practical. We want our children to use 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. We intend for all children to acquire appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. It is our aim to, wherever possible, create strong cross curricular links with other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Computing, and Art. We want Design and Technology to prepare our children, to give them the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences they need to be successful in later life. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. The children will have opportunities to research products, represent their ideas and designs, explore and investigate ideas, develop their ideas, make products and evaluate their work. They will be given time to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, to encourage them to become innovators, risk-takers and to become independent learners as they progress through the school.
Design and Technology is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high-quality Design and Technology curriculum. The curriculum is broad and balanced and all children design, make and evaluate products that reflect their own individual interests. The progression of skills, knowledge, understanding and technical vocabulary for DT have been mapped out across the school to ensure that there is clear progression from EYFS through to Year 6. The curriculum is enriched with hands on opportunities, visits and visitors to the school.
The Design and Technology curriculum is implemented through:
Early Years Foundation Stage
During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. The children have the opportunities to learn to:
Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities the children will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They will gain a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to see them equipped to take on further learning. The children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design and Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
Through Design and Technology the children will have had experience of:
The children’s knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed through formal assessment, book scrutiny and marking of children‘s work, which is used alongside more informal child interviews and photographic evidence. Careful questioning and planning for child led discussions are some of the other methods used for measuring the impact of Design and Technology throughout the school.
Article 29 UN Convention of Rights of the Child: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Our school principles are:
*To provide an education which develops the whole child.
*To provide a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong focus on enrichment opportunities.
*To teach children to understand their own rights and to respect the rights of others.
Design and Technology develops the whole person as the children have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate a product that is meaningful and purposeful to them. The children develop/widen their technical knowledge, understanding skills and vocabulary when working with structures, mechanism, textiles, electrical systems and food and nutrition.
Wherever possible the Design and Technology curriculum is enriched with hands on opportunities, visits and visitors to the school.
As a whole school we take part in a yearly school trip to ‘The Chiltern Open Air Museum’. Throughout the day the children have many opportunities to design, make and evaluate products linked to the individual class theme.
During our ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ we have a visit from KNEX where the children have lots of fun building making their own models and they also have a go at following a set of instructions to make particular product.
Design and Technology allows for the children to make a product that is of interest to them. The skills are taught and developed in each year group and the children have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate their own individualised product.
The children have the opportunities to work alone, with a partner or in a group. They are supported when by the Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant or Parent Helper.
Throughout the school year many classes have the opportunity to experience Design and Technology outside of their classroom environment. We work hard to ensure that the curriculum is enriched with hands on opportunities, visits and visitors to the school.
Our whole school trip to ‘The Chiltern Open Air Museum’ allows the children to use a range of natural resources and to design and make their products in and outdoor environment.
As the Subject Leader I have great passion and enthusiasm for Design and Technology. I have worked hard to ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced throughout the school, showing a clear progression in skills and vocabulary from EYFS to Year 6. I have shared my passion for the subject with the class teachers and we have discussed the progression of skills for their year group. Together we have shared ideas of how these can be taught to ensure that the ‘End of Key Stage Expectations’ will be met. Wherever possible the curriculum is enriched with hands on opportunities, visits and visitors to the school. I have made sure that there are cross curricular links throughout Design and Technology and that there are links made to the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’ and that the curriculum is supported by high quality ‘Continuing Professional Development’.
D.T supports spiritual development by allowing pupils the opportunity to exercise imagination, inspiration, intuition and insight through creativity and risk taking in analysing, designing and manufacturing a range of products. It instils a sense of awe, wonder and mystery when studying the natural world or human achievement. Encouraging creativity allows pupils to express innermost thoughts and feelings and to reflect and learn from reflection, for example, asking ‘why?’, ‘how?’ and ‘where?’.
D.T supports moral development by raising awareness of the moral dilemmas by encouraging pupils to value the environment and its natural resources and to consider the environmental impact of everyday products. It educates pupils to become responsible consumers.
D.T Supports social development by providing opportunities to work as a team, recognising others’ strengths and sharing equipment. Design Technology promotes equality of opportunity and provides an awareness of areas that have gender issues e.g. encouraging girls to use equipment that has been traditionally male dominated.
D.T supports cultural development by encouraging children to reflect on ingenious products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which design technology can improve the quality of life. It investigates how different cultures have contributed to technology and reflects on products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which design can improve the quality of our lives.