At South Borough Primary School, we believe that design and technology (D&T) is a significant subject in the context of the wider world. With many technological advances taking place all of the time, children need to be exposed to this subject so that in the future they seek out careers in this field. With this in mind, we wish to excite and inspire children through our D&T curriculum. We encourage them to think innovatively and to bring skills from maths, science, computing and art to their work in D&T. Our aim is to give children opportunities to build skills which later in life, can help them contribute to society as a whole.
Design and technology is an area of study that focuses on planning, designing and creating things (called “products”) which people use. It encourages children to think creatively for a specific audience/consumer and purpose. Teachers at South Borough have carefully constructed the school’s design and technology curriculum to cover all National Curriculum aims. Our children are able to build upon skills they’ve learnt each year as they move through the school.
We teach D&T for two terms across the academic year and lessons are delivered in a sequential order, allowing children to progress from the research stage to initial designs and to the final product with guidance and encouragement from their teachers. Lessons have been designed to include three strands across all year groups: Developing, planning and communicating ideas; Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products (including food); Evaluating processes and products.
Children are taught how to evaluate and reflect on their own designs and products; this includes children taking part in peer assessment with other pupils. Learning is recorded in the appropriate way according to the stage of product development e.g. initial designs may be in a sketchbook or on paper. This may then be recorded in a variety of ways using photographs, Google Education Suite and displays both inside and outside classrooms.
Teachers assess children’s progress throughout the various stages of designing and making products and offer immediate verbal feedback to ensure that children are aware of what they are doing well and to offer them ideas on how to improve. By allowing children to develop their design skills independently, every child from every background is given the opportunity to realise their own potential and to create something unique to them. South Borough Primary School provides a strong foundation for children to advance forward into more in depth design and technology learning in secondary school and beyond.