At St Helen's, we provide a bespoke technology curriculum, allowing the children to explore the skills and knowledge needed in the process of designing and making. The national curriculum outlines Design and Technology as, “an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.”
Children are encouraged to follow the design process to: research, analyse, design, make and evaluate, using a range of tools and materials, in a variety of different contexts. Children are challenged to identify, examine and solve practical problems to make existing situations better and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to produce final products.
Pupils learn through exploration of past and present designers, innovation technology and craft-makers and are able to develop an understanding of how products in our daily life have developed to what we know now. Throughout lessons, students learn to become curious creators able to think outside the box and produce high quality designs.
Aims and objectives:
At St Helen’s Primary School we have tailored our Art and Design Curriculum around the aims of 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.
At St Helen’s we implement a progressive Design Curriculum throughout. We provide opportunities for children to ask observant questions, think critically, experiment, explore and develop a true understanding of technical knowledge. Within our school, Design and Technology is taught through a bespoke curriculum which has non-negotiable skills for each year group, providing continuity and progression linked to the national curriculum.
As a school we offer a structure and sequence of lessons to ensure all children have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all students produce original, imaginative work. At St Helen’s children are inspired through a broad range of practical lessons to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. All lessons follow our schools design process and guide the children from evaluating current prodcuts to analysing their market and producing final designs. Children are given opportunities to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate individuals who have helped shape the design world, showing the real impact of design and technology on our current lifestyles and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators. Our curriculum also enables children to see the links between Science and Design and Technology and builds upon prior and current learning to achieve these outcomes.
At St Helen’s we implement a progressive Design Curriculum throughout. Design and Technology skills and understanding are built into lessons, following our design process. Lessons and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. Key vocabulary is built into each lesson and additional resources ensure that children are allowed opportunities to repeat and apply key terminology tot heir learning. Adult guidance and support is given for all children to access the Design and Technology curriculum and produce high quality final products. Through these lessons, we inspire pupils to develop a love of Design and Technology and see how it has helped shaped the ever-evolving technological world they live in.
Teachers have high expectations and quality evidence is produced in a variety of forms. As St Helen’s pupils will become confident in critiquing their work and giving their positive opinion on their own and other works of art. Children will use technical vocabulary to improve their inquiries and curiosity about the design and technology world around them and apply these skills to meaningful briefs and current problems. All pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and processes specified for each topic through the design process we follow in school. All children are able to can speak confidently about their inventions and creations and enjoy producing innovative pieces as part of our tailored art curriculum. Design and Technology is loved by teachers and pupils across the school,
Year 5 STEM Day
Year 5 were invited to St Hild's to take part in an exciting STEM event where children designed, made, tested and evaluated their own racing car. The children loved the day and St Hild's staff commented on how wonderful our children were. Great work Year 5!
Year 5 STEM Day
Taste Testing in our 'How to make a meal with no electricity' topic!
Our year four pupils enjoyed a ‘Wow!’ Starter lesson completing a bush tucker trial, taste testing seasonal sandwich fillings as part of our Design and Technology topic. We enjoyed rating the fillings and picking our favourites. We will use these ideas to design our own sandwiches to create a meal without any electricity.
Well done year four!
Design and Technology throughout school