Design Technology

Intent

At St. Luke's Catholic Primary School, Design and Technology is a practical subject; using creativity and imagination, pupils are inspired to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation and evaluation. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 

Our aims and objectives are drawn from the National Curriculum for Design and Technology 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
  • encourage children to select appropriate tools and investigate different techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures
  • begin to understand about the characteristics of different materials and the use of simple mechanisms
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
  • acquire and develop designing and making skills; working with confidence in a stimulating, educational environment
  • use their Design and technology skills to support our Artsmark Journey, inspiring children to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture.

Implementation

At St. Luke's, we have chosen to teach DT by using the Kapow scheme of work. Kapow is a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. This ensures there is a progression of skills and consistency of approach across the school whilst also ensuring that teachers and pupils are supported in developing skills and subject knowledge.The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. 

  • Kapow offers full coverage of the KS1 and KS2 Design & Technology curriculum and we have categorised our content into six areas: Structures, Mechanisms, Electrical Systems, Cooking and Nutrition, Digital World and Textiles. Aside from Electrical Systems and Digital World, which are KS2 only, each of these acts as the focus for a topic within each year group.
  • Four strands run through each topic: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge.
  • A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken.
  • Our spiral curriculum ensures that key areas are revisited again and again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.
  • Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work.
  • Clear and appropriate cross-curricular links underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.

Impact

  • Children will meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Design and Technology
  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
  • The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology.
  • As designers, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.

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St Luke's Catholic Primary School

The Willows, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QP

Miss Eileen Murtagh

Tel: 01244 259999

Email: admin@stlukes.cheshire.sch.uk

St Luke's Catholic Primary School

The Willows, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QP

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