Statement of Intent
At Hill Top Primary Academy, it is our intent for DT to offer children the opportunities to use creative thinking and design with a defined purpose, linked to our IPC Curriculum. Our topic based approach allows cross curricular links to be made.
Pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to engage effectively in the process of designing and creating their own products.
Through the study of DT, pupils can draw upon a range of other subjects such as science, art & maths. They also learn how to select and use appropriate tools safely and effectively.
The teaching of Design Technology in our school is linked closely to our chosen topics from the International Primary Curriculum. We provide all children with a broad balanced curriculum which allows them to develop knowledge and skills in all areas of DT while endeavouring to cover the National Curriculum and the EYFS curriculum.
Our progression document shows the expectations for the coverage of skills and knowledge in each year group and can be used by each individual teacher to plan for the needs of the children in their class, linking to their IPC topics where possible, while ensuring the skills and knowledge taught are progressive across year groups. Children are able to design, make and evaluate products while acquiring and improving on their technical skills.
The promotion of a language rich Design Technology curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in DT. Children are given access to and are encouraged to use an accurate and rich DT vocabulary throughout school.
In DT children are asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in DT.
Educational visits are an opportunity for teachers to plan for additional design and technology learning outside the classroom. At Hill Top Academy, the children have opportunities to experience design and technology on educational visits. The children have visited local museums, food establishments and had visitors into school to share learning and have hands on experiences for example Warburtons bread making and Pizza Express.
We use the scheme ‘Focus on Food‘ to teach the knowledge and skills of cooking, a crucial life skill. All children have the opportunity to take part in cooking lessons a minimum of once a term while in EYFS cooking is a regular activity. Through these experiences, they are able to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.