At Shustoke School every year group has two directed units of Design Technology over the year.
We have a skills-based approach to teaching and Design Technology learning using objectives taken from the National Curriculum.
Our Design Technology curriculum is structured in a cross-curricular way to facilitate links with other subjects such as history, geography and science.
All teaching of Design Technology follows the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each of these stages are rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary.
Beginning with the purpose of a product for a user, the children are encouraged to use the exploration of existing products to gain first-hand experience of existing approaches. We aim to promote creative problem solvers, both as individuals and part of a team and pupils develop their understanding of the ways in which people in the past and present have used design to meet their needs.
Children design and make quality products using a range of tools, materials, and components, make connections with their learning across the curriculum including in maths, computing, science, and art and reflect on and evaluate techniques using subject-specific vocabulary.
Teachers follow a clear progression of skills which ensure all pupils are challenged in - line with their year group expectations and given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge.
Effective CPD and standardisation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained.
To support teaching, staff access a range of resources. Outside professionals are sourced to support the delivery of our Design Technology curriculum.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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