The aim of our Design Technology Curriculum is to:
Provide opportunities for children to design, make and evaluate
Promote the application of technical knowledge when working through the iterative process
Enable children to engage in a variety of creative and practical activities
Develop children’s creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
Develop children’s repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
Improve children’s ability to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Subject Leader - Mr D. Burge
Teaching and Learning in Design and Technology:
As part of Reigate Priory’s topic based curriculum, Design and Technology is integrated into termly topics, ensuring that there is a progression of knowledge and skills throughout the school. Learning spirals through themes of Textiles, Cooking and Nutrition, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Electrical Systems. Within a unit, lessons develop to make links with other curriculum subjects through broad and balanced topic areas, which build upon the prior learning of the children.
The teaching of Design and Technology includes an exploration of real and relevant problems as a starting point for projects so the “brief” and “user” are credible, authentic and relevant. At Reigate Priory, we believe that the best learning comes from first-hand experience, therefore Design and Technology is taught with a wide range of resources and opportunities to make a variety of prototypes and products. Children should engage in an iterative process of design and making and conclude by evaluating their product’s meeting of the brief and their process in its manufacture.
Children’s learning is peer and self-assessed against success checkers as well as receiving feedback from the teacher. Learning is benchmarked by the Focus Assessment Criteria to ensure standards and progress and assessed by End Point activities. An end of year assessment judgement is made and recorded on Target Tracker.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Opportunity to exercise imagination, inspiration, intuition and insight through creativity and risk taking in analysing, designing and manufacturing a range of products.
- Instils a sense of awe, wonder and mystery when studying the natural world or human achievement.
- Provides opportunities to work as a team, recognising others’ strengths and sharing equipment.
- Promotes equality of opportunity and provides all pupils with an awareness of areas that have been traditionally male dominated.
At the end of the Key Stage a Reigate Priory Design and Technology Learner can:
- Develop design briefs for their product based on the needs and wants of the user, using market research
- Follow and refine plans
- Use scale drawings, detailed annotated sketches and paper mock ups to communicate their ideas of their product
- Formulate a step by step plan as a guide to making
- Show that they consider culture and society in plans and designs
- Explain how products should be stored and give reasons
- Work within a budget
- Test their developing product through the design and making process to check it will meet the design brief
- Work as part of a team and on their own