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Design Technology

Intent

At Osmotherley Primary School, we strive to provide a high-quality design and technology education, which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to design, make and evaluate their own products.  Pupils use a wide range of materials and learn the skills to use the tools required to perform practical tasks accurately.  They develop the technical knowledge required to understand how to stiffen, strengthen and reinforce more complex structures and apply the skills learned across a range of subjects.

Design and technology is taught in progressive steps in each area, which build on prior learning.  

Implementation

Design and technology at Osmotherley will be taught by delivering the statutory requirements for design and technology within the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2.  Reception children will follow the Early Years Statutory Framework (Sept 2021).  The national curriculum and statutory framework provides the ‘end points’ to children’s learning in each key stage, we have broken these end points down into small steps of progression throughout Reception, Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two for each strand of D&T.

Within the design and technology curriculum at Osmotherley Primary School, pupils are encouraged to show a curiosity and fascination of the world around them.  Pupils research the impact that design and technology has had on the world around us and find out how particular designs have been significant in engineering history.  They will research, design and make their own models, learning a range of skills and processes as they do so.  They will learn to evaluate existing products and their own ideas and products, considering the views of others to improve their work.

 In Key Stage 1 art and design is taught over a 2-year rolling programme and delivered in blocks of 2 or 3 weeks.  In Key Stage 2 art and design is also taught over a 2 year rolling programme and is taught in a weekly session.  Within both Key Stages, prior learning tasks are set at the beginning of each unit of learning, to establish what has been remembered from previous learning.  The unit is taught in small sequenced steps to ensure that the children’s working memory is not overloaded and opportunities for deliberate practise are planned to ensure that essential knowledge is committed to their long term memories.

There is an emphasis on the processes of designing and making a product.  A similar process will be followed every time the pupils complete a design and technology activity, so that the skills and procedures required to carry out a successful project are embedded.  Activities are taught through specific design criteria, but teaching will ensure coverage of the knowledge and skills required to secure successful outcomes in all areas. Pupils are introduced to a range of materials and taught how to use equipment safely.  As they reach the end of Year 6, we will ensure that the knowledge and skills they have learnt will prepare them for their future learning in Year 7 by reviewing the Year 7 curriculum within the local secondary schools.

Impact

Pre-learning tasks will be set at the beginning of each task and will be revisited at the end of the project, then re-visited at regular intervals to ensure the key knowledge is committed to the long-term memory.  Recalls at 2, 6 and 12 weeks are used to ensure that knowledge is embedded in the children’s long-term memory, so that they know more, remember more and can do more.  Monitoring of art and design is conducted by the subject leader, the headteacher and the governors through lesson visits, book scrutiny, pupil voice interviews and analysis of essential knowledge gaps.

There is an emphasis on the processes of designing and making a product.  A similar process will be followed every time the pupils complete a design and technology activity, so that the skills and procedures required to carry out a successful project are embedded.  Activities are taught through specific design criteria, but teaching will ensure coverage of the knowledge and skills required to secure successful outcomes in all areas. Pupils are introduced to a range of materials and taught how to use equipment safely.  Pre-learning tasks will be set at the beginning of each task and will be revisited at the end of the project, then re-visited at regular intervals to ensure the key knowledge is committed to the long-term memory.

Click here to view the D&T Curriculum 2021 - 2022