Curriculum - Design & Technology
The key skills for Design and Technology have been planned to ensure progression between year groups across the school. Design and Technology lessons are taught together within a topic which ensures the children remain focused on their project relating to the topic they are learning about. In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), Design and Technology is taught through the area of learning known as ‘Expressive Arts and Design’, in which children are supported to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They are also provided with opportunities and encouragement to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities, including Design and Technology. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They carry out projects which can be used in in a range of relevant contexts (for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment). Children will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating which is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
At Pheasey Park Farm School and Early Years Centre, we enable the children to develop their skills and knowledge in all areas of Design and Technology, including Cooking and Nutrition. The progressive planned lessons ensure children develop their skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and in a range of materials, as well as food. The children develop the ability to take risks and to evaluate the functionality of, not only other people’s products, but their own. Through the Design and Technology curriculum, children’s critic skills are developed and their creativity is encouraged and praised.
Assessment of children’s learning in Design and Technology takes place during lessons by the class teacher and children’s progress is recorded half termly. These assessments allow teaching staff to provide appropriate differentiation, support and challenge to the children. It also demonstrates to the Design and Technology Subject Leader the progress children are making in terms of the Design and Technology objectives and skills in a particular year group.