Design & Technology
Intent and Implementation
At Town Field Primary we aim to inspire our children to become creative and ambitious design technologists; equipped with skills that enable them to perform practical tasks and have the confidence to evaluate and innovate ideas of their own.
Our carefully-mapped curriculum ensures our children experience and progress in all of the aspects of DT. This allows children to see the ‘big picture’ of how the growing world of technology is shaped today. We hope that this approach will enable our children to retain key information in their long term memory.
As design technologists, we encourage children to approach new challenges with increasing expertise and critique, consequently critical thinking and reflection influence the products designed. Vertical enactment of key skills throughout school promotes children’s ability to identify the stages of creating a purposeful product. Challenge is present in ambitious lines of enquiry, which deepen learning and allow children to move swiftly on in response to individual need.
Use of knowledge organisers for each topic ensures clarity of learning outcomes, which contribute to children’s knowledge of technical skills and techniques as well as important events and figures in the world of technology. These are shared regularly with children, as well as families, in order that children become fluent in their ability to recall and make sense of key information, both in school and in the wider community.
Our robust pedagogy places value on quality lived, daily learning experiences for all children. We aim to ensure projects are purposeful within the local and wider community. In light of current circumstances, teachers make use of virtual visits from experts and online workshops, as well as exposure to high quality and meaningful sources that maximise opportunities for cultural capital.
Strong emphasis is placed upon the application of STEM skills within design and technology. Children have opportunities to apply taught math, computing and science concepts to their design, make and evaluate projects.
Continuing professional development amongst staff is vital in ensuring the intentions outlined above are achieved. As such, needs are ascertained through timely monitoring and evaluation processes and acted upon as appropriate.