Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Design and Technology aims to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world; to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users; critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others; understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook basic recipes.
Fundamental Great British Values
At Chapel end Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
At Chapel End Junior Academy Design & Technology is taught through a thematic approach. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term plans map out the themes covered each term for each key stage. These plans define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term. Planning for all year groups can be found in year group folders.
At Chapel End Junior Academy assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Assessment is used to inform planning and to facilitate differentiation. The assessment of children’s work is on-going. Feedback is given to the children as soon as possible, and marking is guided by the school’s Feedback Policy. Teachers monitor progress and adjust their teaching accordingly.
Year 3 Warburtons visit
Impact of implementing a new thematic curriculum
Pupil engagement and overall enthusiasm provides information about children’s enjoyment of their D&T lessons. There are a variety of projects in most year groups. All children are encouraged to use the correct D&T vocabulary when describing their work. Most UKS2 children preferred to make their own products so they could take them home.
Targets for 2018-19
- Join D&T association (DATA) and benefit from their wide range of teaching resources.
- Provide clear information on the progression of skills.
- CPD opportunities for staff members to develop expertise in using equipment.
- Provide further opportunities to enrich the curriculum in all year groups.
- Pupils are provided with opportunities to extend their skills and use a range of equipment.
- To use pupil voice to a greater degree.
- Showcase work on the school website.