Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
Subject: Design and Technology
At Arden Primary School, we aim to provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Design and Technology is an inspirational, rigorous and practical subject that stimulates children to think critically and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. Our curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality design and technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work.
We have a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in alignment with the National Curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we ensure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary. Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand Design Technology and to use these skills across the curriculum. In Design Technology, children are encouraged to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This motivates the children to have more ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology.
Our DT Curriculum is developed to provide well thought out lessons and topics that demonstrate progression. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
· Monitoring progression across the school, evidenced in pupil’s sketchbooks.
· Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes and ensuring that the Design and Technology is being followed, in line with the progression of skills.
· Pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
In D.T., we use knowledge organisers to make the vocabulary, subject knowledge and curriculum expectations clear. See below for examples.