Our Design and Technology (D.T.) Curriculum delivers the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for D.T. through the ‘Projects on a Page’ programme of study which was written by the Design and Technology Association (https://www.data.org.uk/) and is based upon the principles of effective teaching and learning in D&T. This ensures that all of our pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to support imaginative risk taking and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable ‘engineers’.
Children are taught through four key areas:
- Evaluating - through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world;
- Designing – using creativity and imagination, pupils design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts drawing upon knowledge learnt from across our school’s curriculum;
- Making – our children learn the practical skills necessary to turn their designs into reality, first as high-quality prototypes and finally their own products;
- Use of technical knowledge and vocabulary – D.T. provides our children with a fun and engaging context in which to further develop their oracy, while also developing subject specific vocabulary.
In addition to constructing structures and mechanical and electrical systems, our children have opportunities to cook and learn about healthy eating. We believe learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that provides our children with the foundations to feed themselves and others affordably and well in later life.
By the time our children leave Yorkmead, they will have learnt crucial life skills in an expressive, enjoyable and creative way. Furthermore, through experiencing ‘Projects on a Page’ with fidelity, they will be both equipped for their continuing D.T. education at secondary school and be inspired to become the engineers of the future.
Miss K.Taylor (Design and Technology Subject Lead)