August 12, 2020

Design Technology


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. This results in building new skills and knowledge based upon what has been taught before, allowing all pupils to work towards clearly defined end points.

We use a range of pedagogical practices in the teaching of design and technology to ensure that we are successful with our Intent. This can range from small group tasks, individual tasks, whole class tasks. We focus a lot on teacher modelling, expert questioning, giving children memorable experiences and over-learning to ensure that key knowledge is transferred to children’s long-term memory.

The Scheme of Work provides a focused sequential and progressive learning tool. There are clear learning objectives to embed learning in the long-term memory through encompassing memorable learning experiences.

Our design and technology curriculum covers the skills outlined in the National Curriculum through broad, challenging and inspiring topics. A topic-based approach is used to deliver the content within a meaningful context and wherever possible cross-curricular links are exploited particularly links with history, British Values, School Values, computing, English and Maths. Pre knowledge and prior skills are revised before teaching the children new concepts, to progress the children’s knowledge, understanding and to engage the children in the process of designing and making. This approach builds on pupils’ previous learning and ensures an appropriate level of understanding and allows the children to approach new concept with confidence.

Individual lessons are planned to inspire, engage and challenge pupils in response to their needs. Children are given a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and out. Pupils are provided memorable learning opportunities by attending school visits and having visitors into school to enable the children to gain first-hand experiences to support their learning and influence further learning such as the ‘St Joseph’s Bake off.’

A new purpose-built design and technology facility has been created to encourage all pupils to be creative and to expand their experience and knowledge. The new facility has been built to a high standard with the main focus of taking responsibility for the health and safety of all members of staff and of pupils. The DT room has all the materials and equipment to allow for the preparation and construction of the projects to be completed in each year group and will provide opportunities for pupils to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products in a safe environment. All teachers take a sensitive approach to the needs of all pupils, ensuring that they have an equal opportunity to succeed. This is evident in the way teachers plan their children’s activities to accommodate all ability levels, including Gifted and Talented children.

Updated September 2019