At Low Furness CE Primary School, the aim of our Design and Technology (DT) curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in designing, making and evaluating a range of products.
This includes knowledge and understanding of materials and their properties, simple mechanisms, and the safe and correct use of tools and equipment. DT provides children with the opportunity to apply mathematics, science, computing and art to real-life situations and encourages them to take risks, make mistakes, and develop resilience through a process of trial and error. The children will understand the design, make, evaluate process in order to make SOMETHING, for SOMEONE for a PURPOSE.
Our ambitious DT curriculum works alongside our Creative Curriculum topic and addresses the needs of the children as individual learners, as embraced by our Christian Values. DT is integrated into other curriculum areas, such as science, computing, art and English to provide meaningful and purposeful experiences for children. The curriculum is sequenced to build on prior knowledge and skills to ensure that children experience a progression of vocabulary, skills and knowledge over time. Teaching is responsive to children’s interests, abilities, and learning styles and provides a range of active and practical experiences and that embrace the wealth of resources in our unique environment, including local long-established industries and traditional methods. Children will have access to a range of tools and equipment, both manual and digital, and be encouraged to experiment with different materials, techniques and processes. Children are encouraged to think critically, challenge assumptions and question preconceptions.
Our challenging DT education should have a significant impact on children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes, allowing them to know more and remember more. Children will leave primary school with an understanding of materials, mechanisms and systems, and be able to transfer this knowledge to real-life situations when they enter the wider world. They will be able to use a range of tools and equipment safely and confidently and be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, computing and art to solve problems and create products. Children will be able to evaluate their own and others’ work, identify strengths and areas for development, and use feedback to improve their products. DT education promotes resilience, risk-taking, and creativity and help children to develop a growth mindset.