Crofton Junior School
Respect Nurture Inspire
Approaches to Design Technology
In DT (design technology), we inspire our children by giving them opportunities to explore products in a range of mediums. We look at the different aspects of DT, which cover food, materials, textiles, electrical and electronics, computing, construction, design and history. We ensure that we build up the children’s knowledge throughout school so that they can refine, understand, design and construct. The children have a variety of resources to aid them in their learning. Our children will be encouraged to ask questions and reflect on their DT knowledge so that they can create their own individual products. Where possible, curriculum links will be made during DT lessons.
DT is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that the children can achieve depth and progression in their learning. Themes are linked wherever possible to our text driver in order to provide meaningful links in learning across the curriculum. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked theme relating to the Chris Quigley milestone statements; these are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically so that they learn more, know more & remember more. This will also ensure that design technology vocabulary will be introduced and built upon progressively.
Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
The quality of DT across school is demonstrated by outcomes in work books, final pieces, comprehensive lesson plans and discussions with pupils. As pupils progress through school, they develop a curiosity and eagerness to learn a more about DT skills, designers and designs throughout history. The impact of the DT curriculum is monitored through a combination of discussions with pupils and staff, learning walks and book looks in order to provide a sound understanding of the quality of the curriculum and highlight areas for further development.