Design and Technology Intent
Our curriculum at Broughton Primary School encompasses the following aims to meet the needs of our children and the Design and Technology curriculum is vehicle to bring these aims to life:
Aims of our curriculum
Making engaging learning is central to our teaching. Learning journeys are carefully planned and made clear to the children with an outcome we are working towards and steps along the way. We have developed ‘real life’ opportunities for children to share their work which motivates the children.
Children will have continuous opportunities to reflect and evaluate upon their work in order to recognise their successes and consider targets for them to develop. Evaluation is a useful and engaging process that incorporates creativity and participation which ultimately help the children to reach their goals.
Developing a child’s sense of confidence in design and technology is something we take seriously and the feedback they give to each other builds self-respect by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise from others. We ensure that we provide children with plentiful opportunities to develop and extend their skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
Teaching across both key stages provides opportunities to build on their cultural awareness through finding out about a wide range of mechanical, textile, nutrition and structural design. They can consider how different the world would be without creative ideas and the purpose that they play in the world we live in.
We want our children to love art and to have no limits to what their ambitions are, knowing that they can grow up to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects or printmakers. The curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
Design and Technology Curriculum Implementation
Teachers plan from the National Curriculum alongside the Hampshire Design and Technology Progression of Skills. Each year group has a long-term plan which outlines the learning journeys to be covered referring to the units in the National Curriculum. This is a progressive cyclical learning approach where learning is revisited over the course of each Key Stage, deepening their understanding each time.
By presenting our learning in this way, children have opportunities to develop their own planning, making and evaluating skills.
Design and Technology Curriculum Impact
Through learning the principles of design and technology in conjunction with other areas of the curriculum (Science/Maths/Computing etc), pupils will develop their own capacity for individual excellence. Through individual and group endeavours, they will learn the necessity of clear planning, effective/efficient production, collaboration with others, self and peer evaluation and flexibility. It will also provide them with opportunities to use computing skills in a range of practical applications.
These skills will have a clear impact on their ability to function in the world of work at a later stage of their lives as well as in the classroom and local community. Additionally, they will learn to be resourceful and pro-active in everyday problem-solving situations through knowledge of the importance of flexibility of approach and through listening to the ideas of others.