Curriculum Intent: Design & Technology
Characteristics of a Designer
- Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
- An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
- The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
- The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
- The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
- A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
- The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
- The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
- A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning hooks:
- Master practical skills
- Design, make, evaluate and improve
- Take inspiration from design throughout history
These key concepts or as we like to explain them to children – learning hooks, underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.
Please see Long Term Planning for Design and Technology
Aspirations For The Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Designer:
- Sound engineer
- Theme park designer
- Videogames studies researcher
- Lego designer
- Den builder
- Jewellery designer
Through the explicit teaching of the Design skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. Floor books are used to build a profile of Design and Technology across the year.
“I like designing and making things. I love designing my own things.”
“We tried to design our own spring rolls after trying existing products. They were tricky but we had fun making them. They tasted amazing!”
“Design and Technology is lots of fun. I enjoyed using electronics and including a light bulb in my model.”
Here is what Design and Technology looks like at St. Joseph’s