“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Design is knowing which ones to keep.”
- Scott Adams
At Loscoe Church of England Primary School, the Design and Technology curriculum is designed to give pupils opportunities to develop skills in designing and making food products, textiles products, structures and mechanisms which at times will incorporate using electrical components. This is an ideal springboard for the development of collaborative working and encourages evaluations of the pupils' own ideas and products.
We believe that Design Technology helps children to become problem solvers through practical tasks, using creativity and imagination. We wish for children to take every day or familiar objects and investigate how they actually work and who they are really aimed at.
Whilst delivering this curriculum, we ensure that technology is progressive throughout the primary school years, providing the pupils with new, more complex challenges as their primary age progresses. We implement our intent through:
The Design and Technology curriculum at Loscoe is designed to give pupils opportunities to develop skills in designing and making food products, textiles products, structures and mechanisms which at times will incorporate using electrical components. This is an ideal springboard for the development of collaborative working and will encourage evaluations of the pupils' own ideas and products.
We will know our impact has been effective through:
At Loscoe C of E Primary School, we strive to provide our children with many enrichment opportunities that relate to Design Technology. We provide many after school clubs throughout the year, that include Cookery Club, Craft Club, Lego Club and Construction Club. Further to this, we also have a school Eco Club who work on various projects throughout the year that involve upcycling and making things for our school environments.
We also include our children in lots of Design Technology opportunities that have a purpose, including designing and making backdrops and props for our plays. Additionally, We offer many artistic interventions for the children who are vulnerable, facing challenges in their lives or may just need that time in a smaller group of children.
Design technology is an area that is consistently evolving with new initiatives, technologies and programmes available. There are therefore many career opportunities that can blossom from an effective Design Technology Curriculum:
Significant figures coverage
At Loscoe C of E Primary, we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum, however we adapt this to meet the local needs of our children and enrichment opportunities. We work on a one year cycle in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, a two year cycle for Lower and Upper KS2., and a one year cycle for Year 6. The complete lists of designers and significant figures for DT that we will cover can be found in our school’s medium term plans, as these are often related to our topics. We will however cover a wide variety of men and women from different cultures, inspirational figures who are living with different disabilities, alongside covering those that are both alive and dead.
In DT, the children often work in a communal, social manner in group projects where discussions on preferences, compromises and sharing ideas are key. Working in groups allows children to learn from each other and to share ideas and feelings, and helps them to develop a respect for the abilities of other children and encourages collaboration. We also promote spiritual development by helping the community with our DT projects. Children also gain a strong sense of achievement through following a design through to a product, and having their ideas heard and valued.
In relation to children’s moral development, we do many upcycling projects and emphasise the importance of reusing materials. Design Technology supports our children’s cultural development work as they study various cultures and civilizations from around the world. This leads to a greater understanding of different ways of life and a respect for cultures that are very different from our own; how they can enrich our own lives.
By connecting our British Values through the teaching of DT, we explore issues that affect us all in our lives and this helps inform decisions that will shape our future. An example is the right to have a different opinion and the need to respect the views and opinions of others when discussing different designs and creations.
At Loscoe C of E Primary, we want to give our children an open, respectful and realistic mindset towards the wonderful world we live in and how this relates to design technology. We strive to expose them to a range of significant people from all different backgrounds related to the protected characteristics, and have planned for this in our varied curriculum. We will also look at how Design Technology has evolved to support people who are struggling with a variety of issues and how different products support people with their everyday lives.
Useful links and websites including things you can do with your child
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