Subject manager Mrs Russon
How is Design and Technology taught at All Saints?
At All Saints, Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. 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 and work. All primary schools in England are required to follow the National Curriculum, which includes Design and Technology as a compulsory subject at Key Stages 1 and 2. We ensure that at least 3 main projects and various 'mini-projects' are completed each academic year. These projects are linked to our new Cornerstones topics many of which include DT learning.
At All Saints, there are three core activities children engage with in Design and Technology:
- Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products (IEA)
- Focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills (FT)
- Designing and making activities in which children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose’ (DMEA)
These three activities are combined in sequence to create a main Design and Technology project. Mini-projects will often focus on a core area rather than all three.
How will Design & Technology be developed this year?
In line with the school improvement priorities, the following areas will be developed in D&T:
- Continue to ensure thorough curriculum coverage through use of the new Cornerstones curriculum and monitor effective progression across school
- Monitor planning to ensure projects include IEAs, FTs and a DMEA, last 6-8 hours and take place once every full term
- Ensure all staff are familiar and kept up to date with current Health, Safety and Hygiene legislation
- To continue to provide challenge in D&T across the school through the use of extra-curricular activities when available
- To ensure staff requirements for effective teaching of D&T are catered for
- To ensure monitoring and formative assessment support pupil attainment and progress and that progress is tracked against the national curriculum effectively.
These outcomes will support the development of teaching and learning, outcomes for pupils, assessment of DT and staff and pupil welfare.
We plan the activities in Design and Technology so that they build on the children’s prior learning. Whilst we give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, progression is also planned into the scheme of work so that there is an increasing challenge for the children as they move up through the school.
Children also have the opportunity to be involved in STEM workshops. In the past we have successfully run workshops centred on KNEX and Lego. Children in UKS2 also have the opportunity to apply for a place on the Eco-Engineers Go-Kart project which is very popular with the pupils. These projects should continue once COVID restrictions are lifted.
Extra information & how you can help:
Should you wish to find out more about D&T at All Saints, please in the first instance approach your child’s teacher via email. If necessary, they may direct you towards the D&T Manager, Mrs Russon.
Once COVID restrictions are lifted, we will be looking for extra pairs of hands during D&T projects so if you feel you can help in any way please let us know.
We are always looking to improve links with the community so if you feel you may have connections with an industry that could support the teaching and learning of D&T make sure we know about it!
As always, if you have the opportunity to cook with your child(ren) at home this will support them when learning about nutrition and how to cook.
Curriculum challenges are another great way for children to showcase their creativity. Look out for these during the year.