Design and Technology
Design and Technology Intent
At Holy Trinity, we intend for our children to master design and technology to such an extent that they can go on to have future careers within design and technology and make use of design and technology effectively in their everyday lives. We aim to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. Design and Technology at Holy Trinity is taught through the Kapow Primary scheme. Through this scheme of work, the aim is to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on their lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Teaching and Learning
All classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 are taught Design and Technology weekly for three half terms. Teaching covers three units every year building upon previously taught skills. Design and Technology is taught in 1 hour sessions in Key Stage 1 and 45 minute sessions in Key Stage 2. Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including practical hands-on, computer-based and inventive tasks. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles. Lessons are differentiated to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.