“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” – Steve Jobs
Our St John’s ethos is to prepare children “to be the best they can be” in school and beyond as they become adults in our rapidly changing world. Design and Technology enables children to develop the skills to not only succeed in but contribute to the ever evolving world that we live in. The Design and Technology at our school encourages children to learn to think and intervene imaginatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as part of a team. It is important to us that we are creating a curriculum that nurtures creativity, encourages innovative thinking and challenges children to be bold and take risks within their work.
In order to fulfil our aims and objectives in Design Technology, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles are adopted. We use a skills based approach to teaching and learning using objectives taken from the National Curriculum.
Where appropriate, DT topics are cross-curricular. However, it is our highest priority to ensure our children are accessing high quality DT projects to maximise the acquisition of skills and progress. It is important to us that all DT topics are presented with relevant design briefs to engage and inspire our learners. Teachers should use their professional judgement to plan creatively and make links to topics and themes in other subject areas.
Teachers, in discussion with the children in their class, decide what products they will design and make, who their products will be for and what purposes they will perform.
Children will complete 3 design projects per year, including 1 food project.
At our school, we ensure that the children design, make and evaluate products using the broad range of materials and components specified in the statutory requirements. These include construction materials, textiles, food, mechanical components and, in Key Stage 2, electrical components.