Design & Technology subject specific curriculum statement

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Our principal aim is that children leave Marden Primary Academy with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Design and Technology formed through interesting and exciting experiences driven through vehicles that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner; thus ensuring that children see learning in Design and Technology as an ongoing process not a one-off event. Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in Design and Technology, which will be taught by highly-qualified, enthusiastic staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in the subject. Children will understand how British Values relate to Design Technology. Children will develop planning and communication skills, including presenting ideas, produce meaningful and quality products and be reflective of their processes and outcomes.

The subject leader for Design Technology will meet the senior leadership team and representatives from the Trust on a regular basis to evaluate provision in order to ensure that teaching and learning in DT is outstanding. Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in DT. Carefully designed, interleaved schemes of learning in Design and Technology ensure consistency and progress of all learners. The vehicles which drive learning throughout the term is the central idea and associated lines of inquiry. Therefore, Design Technology is taught through these vehicles. Other ways of learning include by guest specialists in their field, trips to businesses, fieldwork to relevant places of interest, innovative use of technology, to name but a few. High quality teaching responds to the needs of children. Teaching in drawing skills will be focused on and students will be able to draw a range of 3D shapes accurately and using a ruler. Presentation skills will be taught to ensure that students are taking pride in their design work and in work that may be shared as part of a whole class activity.

Children are happy learners within Design and Technology. They experience a wide range of learning challenges within the art and know appropriate responses to them. Children will enhance their problem-solving skills and use their resilience to ensure that work is amended rather than started again. Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Design and Technology reflected in outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Design and Technology and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education. There is a proven track record of assessment success (recorded through the Foundation Skills Assessment) that reflects the impact of deep learning. Clear outcomes focus and guide all Design and Technology development plans and drive improvement. Fundamental British Values are evident in Design and Technology and children understand how it can celebrate differences. Through wider reading in Design Technology, children will be exposed to a range of design work influenced by different design areas such as; Architecture, Chefs, Fashion Designers, Car Designers and Product Designers.