Design & Technology
Our Aims and Objectives
Our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to inspire the children to solve real life and relevant problems, in a variety of different contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We motivate children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. The children engage in discussion and prototype work to reflect and evaluate upon its effectiveness.
The children are encouraged to work individually and as part of a team to solve problems, with trial and error, without fear of making mistakes and to take on the role being innovative and creative.
Through projects the children are inspired by designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create. Where ever possible, the children will link their learning to maths, science, computing and art to apply skills and knowledge in different contexts. The characteristics of effective learning are embedded into the school expectations, where children are encouraged to approach problems with a growth mind-set and embrace making mistakes to further their learning.
Our Curriculum Planning
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in design and technology, at Witton Church Walk C of E Primary we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, using a two year rolling curriculum map. Design and technology is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Witton Church Walk C of E Primary we ensure that design and technology is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.
The design and technology curriculum at Witton Church Walk C of E Primary is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage, in our progression of knowledge and skills documents. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
The two year cycle includes food technology ‘bake off’ challenges and school picnics for the whole school community. Within the year the classes are encouraged to plant and harvest their produce for their recipes. Food grown in the school vegetable plot is also donated to the school kitchen to supplement a school meal or the school community.
Witton Church Walk has rich outdoor learning facilities with forest school and a vegetable garden. Class members, Eco-representatives and classes attend an afterschool club to plant and harvest the produce seasonal vegetables. The Forest school area provides rich opportunities for constructing using tools for a real purpose.