“Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.”
Quote from National Curriculum
At Redhill Primary Academy, we believe children should learn through a variety of creative and practical activities. Pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. Through design and technology, children learn to think and intervene creatively; and to solve problems both as individuals and within a team.
We provide a curriculum that allows children to investigate how products are made and the purpose of their design. Throughout their time at our academy, children are introduced to and become confident working in a range of relevant contexts whether that be within the home or the academy, the local community or the wider environment. Children are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim (where appropriate) to link work to other subjects within our curriculum such as mathematics, science, computing and art. We actively encourage children to become reflective thinkers and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses, and its effectiveness.
Through design and technology at Redhill Primary Academy we aim to:
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider both function and purpose, and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).
Throughout their time at the academy, children will engage with different aspects of design and technology: structures, mechanisms, textiles and cooking and nutrition.
When designing and making, the children are taught to:
In the EYFS children are taught design and technology through the Areas of Learning:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Physical Development Health and Self-care
In Key Stage One and Two, children follow a design, make, evaluate model, and are taught to:
Technical knowledge: ?
Cooking and nutrition:
Key knowledge and skills for design and technology have been carefully mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups and key stages – Please see our Design Technology Knowledge and Skills Progression Document. Children revisit previous knowledge and skills regularly to embed learning and help develop children as confident designers.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
We use retrieval strategies and other assessment for learning strategies in order to measure the impact of our carefully spaced curriculum offer. Through our assessments and monitoring, we can see the impact of children knowing and remembering more.
End of unit evaluations take place, where children are able to apply their knowledge to analyse their product against the success criteria. Teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations, alongside the Knowledge and Skills Progression documents. Teachers across the school use this information to inform future lessons; to support and challenge appropriately.
The children’s achievements are celebrated on their End of Year report to parents. Here judgements are made on their effort, achievement and progress within design technology.
Children in Foundation Stage have their progress tracked using the EYFS curriculum. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.