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Design and Technology

 Design and Technology aims to provide pupils with a variety of creative and practical activities, which will allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.

 

At Sacred Heart, our intent is to follow a Design and Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition and progression of knowledge and skills which prepare our pupils for the next stage of their learning.

 

At Sacred Heart, our curriculum learning is topic based and cross curricular. Pupils will develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum through carefully planned and relevant projects linked to their current learning.

 

At Sacred Heart, this approach is implemented in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) through the Early Years curriculum, where children learn actively through play. Here pupils are given support to develop the necessary physical skills and scaffolding to think creatively and critically to plan, do, and review supported by the practitioners.

 

The National Curriculum 2014 will be covered in full in KS1 and KS2 and pupils will have opportunities for developing their skills in English, Mathematics, and Science while carrying out their projects. Projects will have a clear structure and learning objective based on correct language, terminology, skills progression and acquisition of knowledge and understanding.

 

At KS1, when designing and making, pupils will design purposeful, functional products, make them from a selection materials, of tools and equipment and then evaluate them against their design criteria.

 

At KS2, pupils will carry out research to inform their design and use a wider range of materials, tools and equipment. They will evaluate their products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

 

Pupils will be taught about any health and safety issues pertaining to any tasks undertaken. Pupils will be given opportunities to learn collaboratively as part of a team or independently to develop their problem solving and team building skills. They will have the opportunity to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. In cooking, pupils will be able to prepare and cook a range of dishes using a range of cooking techniques.

 

The impact for Sacred Heart will be that pupils will be:

 

  • Able to confidently apply their skills, knowledge and understanding learned in Design and Technology to other areas of the curriculum and outside of school
  • They will progress through the school acquiring the language, skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate for their level and be able to apply this in subsequent year groups and when they transition to the next stages of their learning
  • They will approach Design and Technology tasks confidently and with enjoyment secure in their ability to use tools safely and able to use the correct language and terminology
  • They will be able to follow the design process effectively and independently
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