Design and Technology
Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, we recognise that high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of our school community. This drives us to focus on ensuring that DT is an inspiring and practical subject which provides all children with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products (including nutrition).
Design and Technology education in a primary school setting involves two important elements and we aim to maximise opportunities to develop both of these:
We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation and also support our pupils as they take risks on the road to becoming resourceful and enterprising citizens who can solve problems in real and relevant contexts.
As a school, we aim to create an inquisitive learning environment within our classrooms and reinforce the understanding that they are a supportive place to plan, implement and adapt ideas and learn. The study of DT at Durham Lane allows our pupils to safely experience the wide range of skills and knowledge encompassed by this practical subject, as laid out in our curriculum which starts in the Early Years and ends in Year 6.
The following areas are covered at each stage:
Technical knowledge – Materials/textile/structures
Technical knowledge – Mechanisms
Technical knowledge – Electrical systems/IT Computer control and monitoring
Technical knowledge – Food and nutritionOpportunities to undertake DT projects are based on our curricular topics which are organised on a two- year rolling programme.
We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: