At Saint Francis Xavier, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills and knowledge are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art.
Design and Technology is delivered every other half term through topics that link to the main History or Geography focus. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. All teaching of DT should follow 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 should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criterion. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight. The key knowledge and skills we teach the children are:
· sewing and textiles
· cooking and nutrition
· electrical and mechanical components
· Using materials.
During the school year, children have an opportunity apply their Design and Technology skills through an Enterprise project. This is where children design and make a product to sell at the Winter Fayre. They do research, which informs their design, then they make their product using a variety of media across the school. After the fayre, they evaluate their product.
The impact of the Design and Technology curriculum will be evident through the school and children’s attitudes. They will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology. They will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school. The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology. By the time our children leave Saint Francis Xavier, they will have developed skills and attributes as designers that they can use beyond school and into adulthood.