Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Children will be exposed to Design and Technology in varying ways including two six-week blocks a year and a STEM week. The teaching of cooking will be taught within the kitchen and partially by kitchen staff to ensure children experience food technology in the correct environment. On their journey through the school, children will use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Children will learn to understand the importance of considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values when designing and evaluating a product. At St Stephen’s children are taught and encouraged to select and use appropriate tools and materials safely and effectively to make a product. Our main priority is for students to become problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes or taking risks. The children will learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care. We hope that through these Design and Technology experiences our children will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The Design and Technology curriculum has been broken down into the key components of: developing and planning, technical knowledge, evaluating and cooking and nutrition. Progression across each of these areas has been mapped out from Year 3 to Year 6 to ensure children are able to build on their skills and knowledge throughout their time at school. The progression map ensures continuity of vocabulary used within Design and Technology which will help support children’s knowledge and confidence within this subject. See example of progression map below.
The teaching of the Design and Technology curriculum will be assessed throughout the progression of lessons, ensuring that knowledge and skills are built on and readdressed as needed. At the end of each unit children are assessed against an overarching question based on their learning using a variety of supported strategies to review their understanding and application of skill. This will enable accurate assessments to be made throughout the course of the year.