".For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:16-17
Design Technology Intent Statement
Design and Technology at Our Lady of Lourdes is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It encourages children to learn, think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. 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, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high quality Design and Technology curriculum; through well planned and resourced projects and experiences. We aim to, wherever possible, link learning to other disciplines such as Mathematics, English, Science, Computing and Art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness, and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we want to allow children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Through learning about the roles and functions of DT in society children can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. Through our DT curriculum, we intend that children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose. We intend that when leaving in Year 6 all children leave with the aspirations to share their unique DT talents with the world.
Implementation of the Design Technology Curriculum
The curriculum is led and overseen by the Design Technology subject lead. A regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and the celebration of good practice will contribute to the ongoing commitment to evolve and improve further.
The teaching, learning and sequencing of the Design Technology curriculum is implemented through:
- A blocked curriculum approach to ensure coverage and progression in all skills relating to Design Technology, including: the development of creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to perform confidently in an increasingly technological world; the acquisition and application of a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make high quality prototypes and products; the ability to critique, evaluate and test ideas and products and the understanding and application of the principles of nutrition and cooking.
- Clear learning objectives from which to plan, teach and assess knowledge.
- Use of the Design and Technology Association ‘Projects on a Page’ documents to support medium term planning
- Teachers in the Early Years plan the teaching of Art using the Expressive Arts objectives in Development Matters alongside the progression of skills document, planning learning based around the children's next steps and current interests.
- The use of our whole school Design Technology key vocabulary document to ensure consistency and accuracy in the language used when teaching Design Technology.
- Creating products with a real purpose.
- Encouraging critical thinking about Design Technology and the impact that Design has on the world.
- The opportunity to display and share the products the children create, showcasing the skills they have developed and progress they have made.
- Encouragement and development of a ‘can do’ attitude, therefore giving children the confidence to ‘have a go’ and share their talents.