DT at Warton St. Paul's
At Warton St Paul’s Design and Technology’s aim is to encourage children to learn to think and work creatively to solve problems both as individuals and collaboratively as members of a team. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.. Our Design and Technology subject leads are Miss Dufour and Miss Liddle. They work closely together and are responsible for our Design and Technology Curriculum and resources.
Pupils at Warton St. Paul’s Primary Academy will leave Year 6:
• Able to perform everyday tasks confidently
• Applying a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make prototypes and products for a wide range of users
• Understanding the principles of nutrition and how to cook
• Able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products
The teaching and implementation of the Design and Technology Curriculum at Warton St. Paul’s is based on the National Curriculum. Our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to meet the key skills, knowledge and understanding required by the National Curriculum, which is then planned to ensure that the skills are taught sequentially across the key stages and that new skills build on and develop the skills taught in previous year groups. We alternate Design and Technology every half-term with Art and Design.
In the Foundation Stage, children have frequent opportunities to develop practical skills with a range of materials. They are given chances to explore construction kits and existing products. Activities are appropriate to children’s prior experience and context is sometimes set by teacher, sometimes by the children.
At Key Stage One, pupils are taught a clear process of research, design, create and evaluate. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, they are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.
At Key Stage Two, children build upon their prior learning. They are able to explore a range of existing products and formulate opinions on these, in order to make design decisions for their own product. Children are encouraged to ask questions and plan enquiries.
Our approach to the teaching of design and technology at Warton St. Paul's results in fun, exciting and engaging lessons. We encourage our children to become critical thinkers, take risks, evaluate existing designs and provide feedback to make improvements to designs. Our children learn to be passionate not just about design but also about preparing and tasting food which is linked to their topic. They gain skills in evaluation, collaboration, construction, designing and investigation.
Class Teachers use formative assessments throughout the year, providing regular oral feedback to children throughout their lessons. Teachers use this information to identify gaps in learning to ensure children are supported and challenged appropriately, including those with SEND.
Parents are updated regularly through our school website, and the children are able to look at what each class is doing in our corridor progression displays.