Design and Technology
At St John Fisher we intend to engage, inspire, and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of craft and design. We believe Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous, and practical subject. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, and capable citizens.
We aim to teach children to design, make and evaluate. Children can appreciate the relevance of Design Technology within our society and regard it as an essential subject in teaching them to design, make and evaluate products of their own. We intend to develop children’s understanding of electrical components, control systems, mechanisms and structures while understanding and applying the fundamental principles of design, make and evaluate as a process. Through the DT curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs, and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems, and food products with a real purpose.
Design Technology lesson objectives are directly linked to the National Curriculum. Food Technology is implemented through topic plans. Design Technology lessons take the same format in each year group. We encourage children to Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We want them to become proficient in craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design Children will Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The Curriculum Map for Design Technology shows coverage across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Each year group has different Topics and coverage that show progression. The process of Design, Make and Evaluate is used in all projects.
At St John Fisher our children really enjoy designing and practical work. Our curriculum has a positive impact on our children’s innovative skills. We ensure that our children develop the creative, technical, and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. We create opportunities to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate, and test their ideas and products and the work of others. Children understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. We take every opportunity to work outside the classroom, to design and make creations in the Forest.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through evaluation, regular feedback, pupil voice.