At Wantage Primary Academy, we encourage children to use their curiosity, creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. We intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Children will do more, know more, remember more and understand more.
Our DT curriculum is carefully mapped to build up progressive subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to be successful in the subject of DT. The children work in a range of relevant contexts (for example home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment). We use STEM resources to place problems in real life contexts.
DT Curriculum Impact
Through our high-quality DT sessions, children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. We ask key questions at the start and end of each unit to unpick their understanding of key vocab, skills and knowledge. Our pupils perform well and speak highly of the learning in this subject.
Design Technology - Mastery and Greater Depth
Creating the opportunity for Greater Depth in Design Technology involves allowing pupils the independence to apply their learning at a deeper level. This means that pupils working at greater depth are expected to be able to:
- GD pupils will demonstrate a creative response to the problem (as long as the design brief is well thought out and provides some scope for originality)
- GD pupils will stick tightly to the brief and consider the end user’s needs and preferences throughout the process
- GD pupils will naturally think deeply and critically about other products and also about their own product
- GD pupils will likely amend their product as they go to improve its outcome
- GD pupils will display high quality presentation and precision in their design and make