Intent, Implementation and Impact
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
At St Michael’s, we believe that Design and Technology is an important part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone, but should be an integral part of all learning.
Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.
Through the study of Design and Technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, its uses and impacts.
The Design Technology curriculum is linked clearly to other areas of the curriculum, such as science, helping to focus learning and ensure a knowledge rich education. It ensures that we avoid teaching a broad overview with shallow engagement in knowledge and understanding.
Design Technology is an essential part of learning in the Foundation Stage as it is incorporated in everyday learning. The DT aspects of the children’s work relate to the objectives set out in the early learning goals (ELGs).
Pupils in all other year groups engage in a variety of creative and practical activities which will introduce them to the basic concept of design criteria and making something that is ‘fit for purpose’. They will work in a range of relevant contexts, and for relevant audiences. Pupils in Key Stage 1 will start to master basic skills and begin to evaluate their own work, and that of others, giving useful advice and feedback.
In KS2, children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Key events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design Technology are introduced to the children, these events and individuals are carefully chosen to link with our topics. As children progress into Upper Key Stage 2 there is an increased focus on the use of computer programs and more complex mechanisms within Design Technology.
As children progress through St Michael’s they will know more and remember more about Design Technology. They will understand the basic principles of the design cycle and have a knowledge of technical knowledge and vocabulary. They will have experience of cooking a range of dishes and be able to understand more about the food we eat, where it comes from and how we can use it efficiently. After receiving our high quality DT curriculum, children will be ready to make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.