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Design & Technology Curriculum

Vision

To inspire and nurture a new generation of engineers and craftsmen.

 

Introduction

Mesty Croft Academy sees Design and Technology as a way of working in which pupils investigate a need or respond to an opportunity to make or modify something. It helps pupils develop knowledge, understanding and capability in the various skills and processes used when investigating, designing, making and evaluating.  Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.

 

Curriculum Organisation and Delivery

The D&T National Curriculum is delivered through a focus on four key areas: expertise, knowledge and skills, evaluation and understanding of nutrition.  Over the stretch of these four areas, 5 central concepts are delved into, broadening the children’s vocabulary and allowing them to talk about Design and Technology in a matured, knowledgeable, informed way.

 

Central Concept

Description

Application of Mathematics

Measuring, data handling and report writing

Design and conducting of experiments

Following procedures, understanding fair testing, recording, analysing and evaluating.

Design for a purpose / need

Think about what in terms of who, why, when and where.

Communicating clearly

Verbally, in writing and through use of computing.

Evaluate and adapt

Use TASC wheel system

 

 

There are three types of D&T topics in each year group – TASC topics where children are tasked with designing for a specific purpose; have the freedom of design and the opportunity to evaluate and improve.  Food topics where children develop their food preparation skills alongside the learning of nutrition and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.  Skills topics, where children learn about components, tools and methods.  The curriculum is designed to get progressively more complicated and more challenging.  Skills are designed to build so that by Year 6 children have a varied skills base and significant knowledge.

 

Design and Technology is planned and taught by all staff across the school. The focus is on supporting class teachers’ confidence and subject knowledge.

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