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Design and Technology



What is our approach to D and T?

Design and Technology is an inspiring, practical subject that encourages the children at Forest View to think creatively and imaginatively.  Our topic based learning approach encourages children to design and make products that solve some real and relevant problems, considering their own and others needs and wants.

A cross curricular approach means we aim, wherever possible to link work with other subjects such as maths, science, ICT and art.

Children should leave our school with; the willingness to take creative risks in order to produce innovative ideas, a sound knowledge of which tools and equipment they should use and why, and the ability to evaluate and test their ideas and products. We also aim to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in their design making.

What does our approach to D and T look like in the classroom?

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the design and making process.  Design and Technology is taught through the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum. In EYFS the pupils are encouraged to explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child led and adult directed activities.

Key Skills and knowledge have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. These end points have been broken down into the following headings.

  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Technical Knowledge 

How do we measure success in D and T?

We judge the success of our Design and Technology curriculum in the following ways;

- End points are used as a means of ensuring progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school

- Pupil Conferencing- are the children happy, engaged, motivated to do well and challenged within the subject? Are they happy to clearly express their opinions about DT?

- Photographs and examples of work are collected to show progression through the year groups

- The DT subject leader can articulate and explain progression of skills through from EYFS to Year 6.