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North Scarle Primary School

North Scarle Primary School

Design and Technology

Intent – what do we expect our children to learn?

Our Design & Technology provision aims to give children a thorough knowledge of tools, equipment and materials, an opportunity to design, make, evaluate and improve during the make process. At North Scarle, we want to encourage our children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers

Essential Skills

  • Master practical skills

developing the skills needed to make high quality products

  • Design, make, evaluate and improve

developing the process of design thinking and seeing design as a process

  • Take inspiration from design throughout history

appreciating the design process that has influenced the products we use in everyday life

You can view the subject content that your child will be taught each term by viewing each classes curriculum overview.

Implementation – how do we expect them to learn?

Throughout each unit of learning our children are taught about design and making, which is developed through a variety of focussed practical tasks allows children to make careful observations and evaluations throughout the entire learning process. The children work in a range of relevant contexts and through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in this interactive, rigorous and practical subject.

Key skills and key knowledge for D and T have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. This also ensures that there is a context for the children’s work in Design and Technology; that they learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study. Design and technology lessons are also taught as a block so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work.

Children build on their learning from EYFS – Understanding the World and into a 3-year cycle through KS1 and 2. Their knowledge builds and develops through covering progressive units in Food, Textiles, Structures/Construction, Electronics and computing and Mechanics.

Cooking and Nutrition - At North Scarle, the children are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Impact –

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against planned outcomes
  • POP tasks/quizzes
  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • Looking at pupil’s books over time