Design and Technology

Design and Technology Curriculum Statement: 

Curriculum Intent

At St Oswald’s we want all children to have access to exciting Design and Technology experiences and resources so that they can become inspired to be the teachers, architects, engineers, graphic designers, chefs, nutritionists or food scientisists of the future. We want all pupils to enjoy STEM learning and to develop confidence when using design and technology methods, skills and processes developing an understanding of how valuable these roles are in providing products and solutions in the world around us.

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Implementation

The Design and Technology curriculum at St Oswald’s not only meets the National Curriculum requirements, it provides memorable lessons that promote curiosity and resilience and develops key skills cumutively ensuring deep understanding and learning. Children experience a wide variety of Design and Technology opportunities including exploring and experimenting with a range of construction kits, junk modelling and working with fabric, wood, cardboard and food. 

Every class carries out a DT project each term which is planned carefully with reference to the Projects on a Page planning ensuring all aspects of the design process are covered- designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge are all taught. 

All children enjoy DT activities during our Science and Technology week that we hold annually during British Science week. They also have the opportunity to design and make appealing products for sale at the Christmas fair.

Ongoing assessment, revisiting concepts and reinforcing knowledge ensures progression and enables all children to reach their full potential as scientists.

Impact

The curriculum at St Oswald’s will ensure children not only acquire appropriate age related scientific knowledge but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points.  In shaping our curriculum this way, progress can be measured and evidenced for all children, regardless of their starting points or specific needs.

At St Oswald’s we strive for every child to achieve their full potential in Science. We aim for them all to develop a love of science, a respect for the world around them and an understanding of the importance and potential for science in the future.

Science Assessment at St Oswald’s: 

The assessment of science is ongoing. Teachers will ascertain the children's understanding during and at the end of each lesson, misconceptions will then be tackled and rectified, ensuring that no child is left behind. Regular quizzes reinforce learning too. 

The children also complete end of unit tests and a termly assertive mentoring Science test is taken. This assessment data is used to inform further planning to ensure important concepts are understood by all and to ensure all pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations.

Enhancements:  

British Science Week: 6-15th March 2020

We’re looking forward to finding out about this year’s theme!

STEM Fair Litherland High school.

STEM/ Science club available during the Spring Term.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

 

Design and Technology we follow the National Curriculum statements which are broken down into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Each class works on a topic each term in a cross curricular way; as part of this topic they complete a design and technology project

Pupils need to develop design and making skills. To do this, they need to have a knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of a range of materials, and need to be taught about how different types of movement can be achieved.  They should be developing, planning and communicating ideas; working with components to make quality products; evaluating processes and products, and developing their understanding of materials and components.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

DT Slipper Project

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