Design and Technology (DT)
At South End Junior School, we aim to provide pupils with experiences that will allow them to gain invaluable knowledge and skills essential to be rounded and grounded individuals and participate in modern British life. The successful integration of Design and Technology within our curriculum will play a vital role in this. The National Curriculum states that, ‘Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.’ Our Design Technology curriculum has been designed to create pupils who are curious, innovative, creative and can eagerly apply their knowledge to a range of real-life problems and scenarios.
Our progressive Design Technology curriculum covers the main strands outlined in the Key Stage 2 Primary Framework: designing; making; evaluating; technical knowledge; cooking and nutrition. At South End Junior School, we plan and sequence the Design Technology curriculum so that the skills and knowledge are interwoven into our Cornerstones Projects. Through doing so, we hope to embed knowledge, skills and understanding, and enable pupils to fluently recall key technological and scientific facts and make meaningful links in their learning.
Our pupils will design, make and evaluate products. Their technical knowledge will develop and build on existing skills to strengthen and reinforce more complex structures; use mechanical systems in their products (for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages); understand and use electrical systems in their products (for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors); and apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products. In cooking and nutrition, our pupils will develop their knowledge of balanced diets and apply their skills in order to prepare and cook a variety of predominately savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. Pupils will also be taught to understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed
The Design and Technology specific vocabulary is modelled and reinforced by staff, with discussion-based tasks part of each lesson to allow pupils to apply this vocabulary competently. Pupils are given the opportunity to research and evaluate existing products; analysing successful components that they may want to include in their own product whilst exploring how they will creatively integrate their own ideas. Through this thoughtful and careful evaluation, pupils will be able to create their own new and exciting product. They will carefully select their own materials and tools, considering which ones would be appropriate for the design criteria and which ones will help them successfully finish their product. Good health and safety routines are modelled and reinforced throughout each project.
Children will design and make a range of products. They will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities appropriate to the age and ability of the child.
Design and Technology assessment is ongoing throughout the units to help inform teachers of their planning. A substantial part of assessment in Design and Technology will be through a joint discussion between the teacher and individual pupils as each project progresses, allowing pupils to self-evaluate their own designs and products. Pupils at South End Junior School will use subject-specific vocabulary confidently. Pupil voice also takes place after a project has been completed; this enables leaders to assess the impact of the Design Technology curriculum, and it acts as a tool to assess the depth of pupil understanding and knowledge.
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