Middleton Parish Church School Curriculum Statement: Design Technology

‘Excellence, Truth & Grace’

‘Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; strive for excellence, things to praise, not things to curse.’ Philippians 4:8

 

 

Curriculum Intent

In Design and Technology we intend to offer coherently planned sequences of lessons to ensure pupils have progressively covered the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum. Design and Technology aims to inspire children through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The iterative design process is fundamental and runs throughout the lessons. This iterative process encourages children to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. As part of the iterative process, time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve on prototypes using design criteria throughout to support this process. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators. 

Middleton Parish Church School's Children will be:

  • Ready to Learn: Children will have a positive, confident attitude towards learning They will be physically and emotionally ready to learn. They will have an understanding of how to use a range of different tools and materials and will build upon their knowledge of how to use these for different functions and progress the use of them throughout school. 
  • Respectful: The children will learn to take risks in their work, becoming resourceful and capable citizens and will be respectful of the work of others. They will understand how to use equipment and material in a safe and controlled manner. 
  • Reflective: Children will learn about themselves and the behaviours they need to succeed. They will develp a critical understanding of current and future changes in design and technology, including areas of employment and the unlocking of their potential through problem solving and creative thinking this will include the development of different skills including: concentrations, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, self-improvement and curiosity.
  • Aspirational: Children will be inspired, through a climate of high expectation, excellence and challenge to fulfil their true potential, both at Middleton Parish Church School and in their life ahead. They will work in a challenging and creative environment which they will help create and develop as individuals and in teams. Children will be able to see potential future career opportunities based upon the work they have done. 

 

Curriculum Implementation

Design and Technology skills and understanding are built into lessons, following an iterative process. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, lessons help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new vocabulary, skills, knowledge and challenge. Within lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of Design and Technology and see how it has helped shape the ever-evolving technological world they live in. Our scheme of work is based on the six essentials of good practice in D&T: user, purpose, functionality, design decisions, innovation and authenticity. These good practices will enable children to consider the product and process as a whole, making design decisions with clear users and purposes in mind. 

Middleton Parish Church School's Children will be:

  • Ready to Learn: Children will have a positive, confident attitude towards learning. They will be physically and emotionally ready to learn. They will have an understanding of how to use a range of different tools and will build upon their knowledge of how to use these for different functions and progress the use of them throughout school. 
  • Respectful: The children will learn to take risks in their work, becoming resourceful and capable citizens and will be respectful of the work of others. They will understand how to use equipment in a safe and controlled manner. 
  • Reflective: Children will learn how to evaluate and review their own work and be ready to make any changes. They will be accepting of constructive criticism showing resilience as they use this as an opportunity for growth and improvement. 
  • Aspirational: Children will be inspired to use their design and technology skills in their wider life, building up a bank of knowledge and be proud of their work.

 

Curriculum Impact

The learning environment across the school will be consistent, with Design and Technology technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. We want to ensure that design and technology is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future. Children will be more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their work and the work of others. All children in school can speak confidently about their work and the associated skills used within it. 

Middleton Parish Church School's Children will be: 

  • Ready to Learn: The design and technology long term plan has been designed to ensure that all children throughout the school are able to attach new knowledge to prior learning as they move through a progression of skills throughout their school career. Children are encouraged to consider design in the real world and make links between new learning to real-world experiences and issues. All children are able to access similar tasks, and participate in a variety of learning experiences which make use of the school environment and design and technology equipment. 
  • Respectful: Lessons are planned to promote their thinking about design skills and ideas. Pupils are encouraged to make links with the local and wider world, within Design and Technology lessons. Children work both independently and collaboratively, using a variety of equipment safely and respectfully. Children participate in design and make lessons and are provided time to discover and explore in Design and Technology. 
  • Reflective: Children will build on their personal, social and emotional development throughout their Design and Technology lessons, reflecting upon their personal strengths and areas of weakness to ensure future success. Children reflect on one another's achievements and give one another feedback on their strengths and areas of development. 
  • Aspirational: Children will have a strong understanding of the impact of Design and Technology in the wider world, and current issues within this relating to Design and Technology. Children will be inspired by their knowledge and be encouraged to have high expectations for themselves. They will develop a secure knowledge and understanding of the world through their Design and Technology experiences. 

 

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