Design and technology (D&T) is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
At The Blue School, teachers in Key Stage One use the guidance from the LCP Raising the Standards scheme to support medium term planning and lesson planning. There are themes suggested for each year group, which focus on teaching progressive objectives of the curriculum. In the Early Years (Reception and Nursery) teachers plan experiences to meet the skills outlined in the Expressive Art and Design area of the Foundation Stage curriculum.
Themes covered include:
When designing and making pupils are taught to:
Throughout the school the standard of work produced in this area of the curriculum is outstanding. Children have access to a wide variety of resources and teachers often adopt a cross-curricular approach to learning; linking subjects such as ICT to lessons. D&T features in the success of ‘Black History Week’ in October each year. Every class makes resources linked to using DT and/or Art skills.
Design Technology (DT) is taught at least once a term for a block of usually six or seven weeks. This subject is rotated with Art. Work from every class is showcased in classroom displays throughout the year and to families through a highly successful exhibition evening held every July.