Design and Technology

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At Hill Farm Primary School, we aim to ignite children’s curiosity for how things work and to equip them with the technical knowledge and the practical skills in their long term memory so that they design, make, break and evaluate a range of products for a specific user and purpose.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. At Hill Farm, pupils will use 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. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Through our high-quality design and technology curriculum, we support children in developing practical knowledge and skills, acquiring knowledge through design inspiration and applying knowledge through the design process. Through practical knowledge and skills, we learn to apply techniques, use tools and apply health and safety knowledge. Through design inspiration, we discuss product functionality, purpose and user. During the design process we design, make, break and evaluate our product and make adjustments accordingly.

The design and technology substantive knowledge children will learn is mapped to ensure children build on prior learning and create schemas that transfer the technical knowledge into their long-term memory. This substantive knowledge has been categorised into five categories including mechanisms, artificial intelligence and control, electronics, food and nutrition and structures. Key substantive knowledge pupils are to learn are identified as ‘takeaways’ and outlined in small steps. · This knowledge is shared via pupil knowledge organisers for pupils to refer to.

All teaching at Hill Farm is planned around our six principles of learning and teaching, which ensure every lesson is GREAT!  Pupils experience engaging and purposeful experiences that promote learning and where the needs of every child is met through effective adaptive teaching strategies.  As a Voice 21 school, our curriculum has a strong oracy focus which provides pupils with regular opportunities to learn to talk and to learn through talk. High expectations of oracy and vocabulary are embedded throughout our design and technology curriculum.

The impact of our design and technology curriculum is measured through continual assessments throughout each lesson against our design and technology progression documents, retrieval practice and identified knowledge takeaways for each lesson.