We intend to provide a creative, purposeful and progressive design and technology curriculum. It is our aim to provide opportunities for children to master practical skills in order to create high quality products. This is planned through an iterative process where children ‘think, make, break and repeat’ in order to continually evaluate and make adjustments where necessary. Our children will revisit and recap their knowledge and skills, enabling them to know more, remember more and apply more as they progress through school. They will be encouraged to work as part of a team and put forward their own individual visions when creating products – empowering them to become independent and collaborative thinkers and problem solvers.
At Willow Bank Junior School, the teaching of Design and Technology follows the National Curriculum using the Chris Quigley Essential Curriculum. The goals that pupils should reach in Design Technology are divided into two ‘milestones’ that each spread over a two-year period. These cover food, textiles, materials, constructions and electronics. Each milestone builds upon the previous one.
Our DT curriculum is underpinned by three threshold concepts:
Key skills knowledge for Design Technology have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. The context for the children’s work in Design and Technology is also well considered and children learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study. Design and Technology lessons are taught as a blocks so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work.
Through our relevant and aspirational Design and Technology curriculum, pupils at Willow Bank Junior School:
The impact of the DT curriculum is reviewed through pupils’ completed work and projects, through class discussions, pupil voice activities, learning walks and termly at Pupil Progress Meetings.