“Wisdom has built herself a house.”
At St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils from all backgrounds, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. At St Thomas of Canterbury, we recognise that Design and Technology can develop and range of skills. We strive to ensure that Design and Technology can be accessible for different types of learners. The Design and Technology curriculum will encourage all pupils to believe in themselves, develop a ‘can do’ attitude and contribute to a positive learning culture.
Our Design and Technology lessons give children the opportunity to; investigate existing products, create designs, practise new skills, make a product and evaluate what they have made. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
The scheme of work is designed to develop a range of Design and Technology skills over the course of KS1 and KS2 including mechanisms, structures, electrical systems, textiles and foods. The scheme of work also ensures that pupils build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. Pupils choose from a range of tools, equipment, materials and components that best fit the products needs. They then: critique, evaluate, test their ideas and products, work of others, and understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. At St Thomas of Canterbury we feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live.
According to the National Curriculum ‘Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.’ Which enables pupils to draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The subject lead for D&T is Miss Ward.
In D&T across KS1 and KS2 there are two strands of subject content: designing & making, and cooking & nutrition. Every year group covers cooking & nutrition giving children the opportunity to revisit health/ nutrition along with health and safety, and practising skills. Whilst the designing & making units are taught across KS1 and KS2.
At St Thomas of Canterbury, DT units is taught termly and each unit is delivered in 2-day blocks.
The two strands of study are designing & making and cooking & nutrition
The key concepts of designing & making taught through:
- Mechanical systems
- Electrical systems
The key concepts of cooking & nutrition are:
-preparing fruit & vegetables
-healthy & varied diet
-celebrating culture & seasonality
Through the D&T units of work, children are exposed to a range of subject specific vocabulary related to the unit focus such as tools, materials and ingredients. Each unit of work is planned to ensure that children are not only learning new vocabulary, but also using the newly acquired language and reviewing the vocabulary to ensure children retain this information.
Here at St Thomas of Canterbury, we strive to ensure that all children feel a sense of belonging and are given opportunities to rise to the challenge across the curriculum. In D&T, we are committed to ensuring that all children are encouraged to achieve their full potential through carefully planned content and class support.
Through the D&T curriculum, children are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination whilst learning to solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts. This develops their resilience and critical thinking, which are not only useful skills in D&T but across the other areas of the curriculum.
Throughout the Early Years, the children are encourage to explore and experiment with a range of tools and materials. They look at creative elements of the curriculum, through particular themes/topics or child-initiated play in the provision. Opportunities to investigate with different materials and tools are available both within the classroom along with the outdoor provision.
Weekly cooking opportunities are part available to the children. This includes food tasting, healthy choices and meals that celebrate different cultures and celebrations. Examples of cooking and food tasting opportunities include vegetable soup, fruit kebabs, Gingerbread men, Chinese New Year, St Patricks Day, Pancake Day.
By the end of the Early Years, children are expected to be able to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.