DEsign & Technology
'Design and Technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.' -James Dyson
At St Mark’s Primary School, we intend to build a Design and Technology curriculum which is inspiring, rigorous and practical. We want our children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We intend for all children to acquire appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. It is our aim to create strong cross curricular links with other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art. We want Design and Technology to prepare our children, to give them opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they need to be successful in later life.
Teachers ensure that children design products with a purpose and an intended user in mind. During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. As the children progress through the school, teachers utilise a combination of skills focused sessions and modelling of techniques to support the children's development in DT. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.
Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities, the pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They gain a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to see them equipped for further learning in secondary school and beyond.
We use a range of strategies to assess the development of the children’s knowledge and skills.
- The class teacher’s ongoing formative assessments and verbal feedback within the lesson
- Work scrutinies
- Lesson observation and feedback
- Pupil voice surveys