Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
At Aston Rowant, we provide a loving and caring environment that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Design and Technology and believe that every child within our school should have full access to the Design and Technology provision as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability.
We believe Design and Technology is a creative process, involving children in learning about the world we live in. It is our intent to enable children to become independent and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. By engaging in design and technology, children will learn how to think and plan in a logical sequence to overcome problems.
Our curriculum will allow pupils to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others needs and values. Through reflection and evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, pupils will begin to develop a critical understanding of its uses, effectiveness and impact on daily life and the wider world.
Design and Technology is taught through blocked units of work (one per term). Where appropriate, teachers may deliver design and technology in longer blocked sessions or in a condensed two or three-day time frame to give greater coherence to pupils’ learning
Early Years Foundation Stage
During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
• Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose
• Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources
• Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely
• Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines
Key Stages 1 and 2
The National Curriculum Programme of study provides the basic framework for teaching and learning in Design and Technology.
Where appropriate, project booklets are used as a resource to support planning and delivery. Long term planning identifies a termly focus for each year group. These are usually linked to cross-curricular topic themes. Each termly unit of work is carefully planned across each Key Stage to ensure that pupils’ learning within the areas of Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge are developed as a coherent whole when they are designing and making products. The activities planned incorporate one of the following areas:
KS1- textiles, structures/constuction, cooking and nutrition, movement and mechanisms.
KS2- textiles, structures/constuction, cooking and nutrition, movement and mechanisms, electrical systems.
Through our balanced and varied Design and Technology curriculum, pupils will:
• develop the expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
• develop their knowledge, and learn the techniques and skills needed to design and make high-quality prototypes and products.
• learn how to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products, as well as the work of others.
• understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Assessment of learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills throughout lessons by the class teacher, through pupil contributions to discussions, teacher questioning and through the completion and evaluation of tasks.
This assessment is then used to inform future planning in relation to differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
We also assess pupils’ enjoyment and achievement through:
• Book Looks
• Learning walks
• Staff and pupil surveys