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At St Leonard's Lower we have designed our design technology curriculum to develop creativity, engage, inspire and equip all pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own products. Our designers will be confident in using a wide range of techniques to explore their ideas and record their experiences. We will provide opportunities for all children to design, build, engineer, sculpt, invent and learn the language of design technology. Using a cross curricula approach, all pupils will experiment and explore in meaningful contexts while building progressively on the knowledge and skills they need to become successful designers.
Our design technology curriculum is delivered through cross curricula projects, in this way all pupils can produce meaningful products inspired by other learning. Our design technology projects are linked to our history, geography and science learning to enhance the pupils understanding of key historical, geographical and scientific concepts.
In KS1 pupils will be taught how to design, make and evaluate, but also to gain specific technical knowledge such as exploring how things can be made stronger and using mechanisms. In KS2 pupils will also design, make and evaluate products, but their technical knowledge will develop and build on existing skills to strengthen and reinforce more complex structures, use mechanical systems in their products, understand and use electrical systems in their products and apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Cooking and nutrition in KS1 will teach pupils to use basic principles of a healthy, varied diet to prepare and ensure pupils understand where food comes from. KS2 pupils will develop their knowledge of balanced diets and apply their skills from KS1 in order to prepare and cook a variety of dishes using a range of cooking techniques. KS2 pupils should also be taught to understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
We believe that teaching pupils in practical and creative lessons how to design, make and evaluate products will help to prepare them for life after school. We believe that we are teaching life-long skills of how to craft and make products for themselves and also vital skills in how to cook a balanced, healthy diet. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
Design technology monitoring takes various forms. A key component of this is pupil self-evaluation and the confidence they have in discussing work they have completed. Work monitoring throughout all year groups also takes place once a term to compliment this, allowing leaders to ensure our designers have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge fully. Examples of our designers’ work is exhibited throughout the school, both in classroom and communal displays.