Design and Technology

Design & Technology at South Street

Design & Technology Curriculum Aims

Design & Technology at South Street encourages children to explore their natural curiosity about the world around them, to understand how objects, machines and systems within work, and to consider how they might be further improved. Children are equipped with the practical skills needed for a multitude of real-world purposes and the opportunities to learn, practise and recognise the relevance of these skills not only on their own merit, but to also explore how they can be combined in the design and creation of products with a real-life purpose and user. Children are also given the opportunity to analyse and evaluate existing products and the systems making those products work, whether or not they are successful or can be improved upon, and also reflect upon how their own initial ideas can be enhanced to fit a particular purpose. Children are regularly encouraged to discuss and explore how these skills are relevant and applicable across other subjects and in different career paths.     

Design & Technology Implementation

South Street Community Primary School is proud to be situated in an area rich with industrial and creative heritage, and we are keen that children can recognise the impact of their local area in shaping today’s world. Therefore, local links to the different strands will be explored, and pioneers in the areas of design & technology within the North East will be appreciated and recognised when appropriate. As a school, we have both a regional community and a parent body abundant with a diverse range of skills, experiences and careers; it is only right that these should be utilised and explored in order for the children to see how important, relevant and useful the skills learnt in design & technology at South Street can continue to be impactful in their future life.        

The children are challenged with a combination of focused tasks designed around the development of individual skills and, where relevant and appropriate, can apply and combine these by working towards a finished product and exploring the different designing, making and evaluating elements of the Engineering/Design model.

Children will develop a clear understanding of the technical language associated with the subject as a whole as well as specific to each individual strand, including the difference between design, technology and engineering, and the associated roles within.  

What you will see in a South Street DT Lesson

  • Engaging and inspiring lessons that promote creativity and curiosity.
  • High quality instruction and questioning with teachers providing carefully planned, sequenced and modelled lessons that build on children’s DT knowledge and skills.
  • Achievement and Inclusion for all: All activities are planned, scaffolded and adapted to ensure every child at South Street can achieve in DT.
  • Retrieval of previous learning and explicit links through concepts that connect new learning with what the children know.
  • An emphasis on practical exploration activity and problem solving.
  • High levels of engagement with frequent opportunities for children to discuss and review their learning.
  • High quality verbal feedback during lessons.
  • A sensitive, but challenging approach to address stereotypes and promote successful engagement.

Impact: Progress in our curriculum is measured by children knowing more and remembering more.

A child’s learning is assessed in terms of how competently and effectively they are able to demonstrate the skills when given practical opportunities. The child will reflect upon their own ability with these skills and teachers will assess throughout the unit, both resulting in a summative appraisal and evaluations.

Focused tasks, and the tools and equipment needed to successfully achieve within them, are scaffolded and adapted to ensure all children are able to make the most of these opportunities and practise the skills in question. CPD and planning support is made accessible to staff to ensure they feel confident in teaching the subject and are able to direct the enthusiasm shown by our children about Design & Technology into successful outcomes and achievements. Our D&T Lead monitors progress for all children through support and monitoring.

If you would like further information about the curriculum, please contact Mrs Wynn in the school office.

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