Design & Technology

Intent

At St Joseph’s, we intend for our children to use their imagination and creativity to design and make a range of products within a variety of contexts. Children will build and apply the knowledge and skills needed to design high quality products with a critical approach. They are given the opportunity to understand nutrition and how to cook. 

We aim to nurture creativity and innovation of design by exploring and being critical of the world we live in. Throughout their time at St Joseph’s, children will be encouraged to take risks when designing and making their products through engaging, purposeful and vocabulary rich design and technology lessons. The children will design, construct and evaluate models according to a brief. The level of design criteria, practical skills required and the evaluation process used is aligned with the National Curriculum as the children move through school.

 

Implementation

The Design Technology curriculum is covered through the implementation of a two year cycle where children explore big questions which link to a range of topic areas. Design and technology at St Joseph’s gives children an opportunity to explore their ideas whilst developing skills and their understanding of designing and making functional products.

Using individual creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs.

Children experience a design and technology curriculum that encompasses a range of skills and builds upon that of the previous year. This is achieved through fun and engaging lessons that spark a love of design in all pupils. Ultimately, they will be proud of their achievements within design and technology.

D&T is taught regularly whilst ensuring links to current topics are paramount. Staff have the freedom to ‘block’ D&T if required, thereby completing a whole D&T project in a day or two. DT skills focus on the following model:

• Researching (including audience and purpose of the product).

• Designing 

• Making (and testing)

• Evaluating 

 

Impact

The impact of our Design Technology curriculum is that our children learn how to take risks and be critical thinkers. They will become resourceful, innovative and capable problem solvers, whilst utilising a range of communicative skills to express and present their designs. Through challenge and refining their ideas, they will embrace improvement and become more ambitious as a result. Children will deepen their understanding and independence within other subject areas as well as extending skills beyond their design and technology lessons.