Our Park House vision is to inspire and equipped pupils with the skills for the future of Design and Technology. At Park House, we intend for DT to be a practical subject, where pupils can use creativity and imagination to solve relevant and real design problems in a variety of contexts. DT will be linked to our Cornerstones curriculum topics to ensure there is purpose and range of contexts to children’s learning, whilst also linking their skills to other subject areas, e.g. History, geography, ICT. This means that DT at Park House will be taught in blocks over the year, where it fits in with each topic. Therefore, the children’s skills will progress over each key stage, consolidating and building upon previous knowledge so that skills and knowledge becomes engrained. We aim for all children (including SEND and PP) to become confident in all key areas of the DT curriculum by progressively covering skills and knowledge and providing support within lessons for pupils who need it.
As well as designing, making and evaluating products, pupils will also be taught cooking and nutrition. Importantly, we believe that instilling a love of cooking in our pupils will enable them to become independent and creative, which will prepare them to look after themselves in later life. We believe that it is important that pupils learn the importance of a balanced diet and food hygiene to ensure healthy futures for our pupils.
We aim to develop a strong subject knowledge of DT in our school by introducing training and professional development for teachers. Teachers have been working with our own system of assessment for learning that links to the objectives covered in each lesson/ unit. This helps teachers and future teachers to plan for next steps. In our school, we strongly encourage all pupils to use specific topic-related vocabulary. All children will be introduced to any DT related vocabulary needed for that lesson or for the block of lessons. If doing an activity in their books (e.g designing), they might have key vocabulary provided for them there or on the board for children to refer to throughout the lesson. Through effective teaching of DT, we develop children’s knowledge and key skills during each unit covered. Teachers will ensure that pupils embed key skills and knowledge by revisiting and revising key objectives for their key stage, where appropriate. Monitoring of children’s progression will take place through photographs and examples of pupil’s work being recorded and kept for reference. This will also help teacher’s make judgements about whether a child is emerging, expected or greater depth. With effective subject management, we will be well-equipped and resourced school. Equipment audits will take place every two years and staff will be able to make any requests for equipment needed for the following year so that we are well-resourced for teaching of the DT curriculum each year. DT is taught in blocks/ units throughout the year to ensure coverage and children will enjoy undertaking different projects where they will work both collaboratively and independently to help one another towards their goal or intended outcome. There are cross-curricular links made throughout, with links to the Cornerstones Curriculum to ensure context, whilst keeping children interested and giving each block of learning a purpose. In early years, DT is taught through many of the Early Learning Goals, such as being able to Experiment with design, texture, form and function (ELG 16) and representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings (ELG 17). It is assessed through teacher observation.
Assessment: Formative assessment involving questioning, in the moment marking, observation, challenge and questioning will be used in every lesson. At the end of each block, the children’s work will be assessed against taught objectives to identify gaps in learning and summatively assess work.
Monitoring: Science will be monitored through lesson observations/ learning walks, examples and photographs of children’s work and from pupil voice.
In all classes, children have a wide range of abilities. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child so that every child can achieve their best with the majority of children reaching the expected standard for DT. All children will develop confidence and enjoyment in Design Technology, and as designers and cooks, they will develop skills and attributes that they can use in adulthood.