At Sandown Primary School our Design and Technology curriculum aims to inspire children through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The design process is fundamental and runs throughout our curriculum. This process encourages children to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. As part of the process, time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve on prototypes using design criteria throughout to support this process.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in design and technology, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. At Sandown Primary School we ensure that design and technology is taught with a clear structure, each year group will undertake construction topic, a textile topic and a food/drink topic. This is clearly set out in our progression document, which is based upon the National Curriculum.
Teachers use these documents to plan exciting and engaging lessons that link to their classes’ topics, giving our children the opportunity to experience being progressive and innovative designers, solving real world problems.
By the time children leave Sandown Primary School they will:
- Know the different factors that contribute to complex design decisions.
- Have had the opportunity to work with a range of materials to create usable products.
- Be able to follow a design process including evaluating existing products, problem solving, using equipment, and tools and manufacturing methods and evaluating their own products.
- Achieve age related expectations in Design Technology.
- Have skills they can use beyond school and out in the real world.