Design and Technology
Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject, at Dinglewell Infant School our intention is to instil an enthusiasm for the subject and develop key skills for life.
We aim to provide an interesting curriculum that inspires the children to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and the wider world. Furthermore, they will be encouraged to take risks and build up the resilience to overcome challenges and setbacks. This will enable them to become more resourceful, innovative (new ideas, original and creative thinking) and enterprising (initiative, imaginative).
Throughout their time at Dinglewell, the children are provided with opportunities to succeed by becoming independent, imaginative problem-solvers and thinkers, both as individuals and as part of a team.
Our school values are at the heart of all that we do at Dinglewell Infants:
Care – we take care of tools, materials and resources that help us create and make our designs
Co-operation – we work collaboratively when designing and making models, listening to other’s ideas and opinions.
Creativity – we present our ideas, designs and final products in creative ways, adapting and changing as we feel necessary.
Honesty – we give honest opinions and feedback about other’s designs and finished products.
Respect – we respect the views of others and use tools and equipment carefully.
Responsibility – we are trusted with a range of tools; we use them with respect and with an awareness of those around us.
At Dinglewell Infants, Early Years staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework (2021) which aims to provide the children with prerequisite skills for DT within the National Curriculum. These skills are learnt through the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design areas of learning.
At KS1, children continue the development of their DT skills through construction, (design, make, evaluate, technical knowledge) textiles and cooking and nutrition units, as set out in the National Curriculum and alongside The Design and Technology Association.
These skills are taught through topics, instilling enthusiasm and consistently making cross-curricular links. Our aim is to ensure this success by providing progression so that skills are discretely taught, revisited and refined in cross-curricular topics throughout the children’s time at Dinglewell. The DT curriculum has been reviewed as a whole school, to ensure progression across all 3 years.
During their time at our school, the children have access to a variety of construction kits and equipment, these are carefully placed in year groups to coincide with the progression of skills. These resources enable the children to creatively express themselves, develop their imagination and practice their fine motor skills so they can use a range of tools competently and safely.
DT is a transferable subject; skills learnt can be applied to other subjects and everyday life activities. Children are introduced to vocabulary associated with DT as they explore aspects of the world around them. Throughout the key stage, the children are able to explore, test and evaluate existing products. Our children will develop their DT abilities by using their knowledge, technical expertise and practical skills to design and create their own quality product for a specified purpose.
At Dinglewell, the children are able to return to their ideas and work produced. This ensures there is a strong focus on the importance of evaluation, which allows children to critique, adapt and improve their work providing them with a strong foundation for the next step of their learning.
By the end of Key Stage 1 our children will be well on their way to developing a range of key DT skills. Through a broad and diverse curriculum, the children will have had ample opportunity to develop their creativity, practical skills, use a variety of equipment, work co-operatively and build up their resilience. They will have the knowledge to make informed decisions when it comes to their health and well-being. Valuable skills needed to help them develop their confidence and independence with their future education and life.
This progress will be observed and monitored through informal assessments e.g. pupil voice, classroom displays, book looks, observations (classroom and in quotation folder), end of year reports, photo evidence. Sharing information with other staff members, informally and formally. Children’s work and individual ‘Class Learning Journey’ folders will show some of the children’s designs and the evaluation process.
All of which will supply a broad wealth of evidence and examples of activities, incidences where the above key DT skills have been used/learnt. At Dinglewell Infant School we are continuously aiming to raise the standards of achievement and enjoyment of our pupils through a wide range of experiences and challenges. Our aspiration for our children is that they leave our school as
well-rounded individuals with a sound foundation of developing essential DT skills that they can carry forward into their future schooling and everyday lives.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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