At Landulph our teaching of DT follows the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge. The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children are given choice and a range of age appropriate tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children will be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work.
Our Design and Technology curriculum is implemented through a variety of different projects over the children’s time at Landulph. In addition to our teaching and learning, we provide a Design and technology based after school club (Little Owls). At this club the children partake in cooking, gardening, designing, and evaluating.
• Children are taught a progression of skills using Concept Trackers, this enables the children to build on their prior knowledge and it enables children to design, make and evaluate. This ensures that children are constantly building upon previous learning and can expand their knowledge and understanding of problem-solving, designing and constructing different products.
• During themed topics Children are given a variety of real life products to explore in great detail, expanding their knowledge of how they look and work, allowing children to evaluate products against their target market and purpose.
• For each project, children follow the design-make and evaluate sequence, allowing children time to reflect upon their design and products and think of ways that they could be improved or adapted. Planning and Design stage includes the importance of labelling and annotating.
• Safety is explained and modelled at the start of and throughout each product including food hygiene instructions.
Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. By the end of their time at Landulph they will have a greater depth of knowledge regarding the subject. This will have been achieved through planning, discussions and evaluating. Children will have a good knowledge of the tools they could use and how they suit the product they are creating. These skills can be transferred to other subjects within the curriculum. Furthermore, the skills and experiences that the children will gain at school will support them into secondary school and into their adult life.
The Curriculum Leader for Design Technology is: James Crudge