Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School


Subject Overview

Design and Technology

Aims and objectives:

The teaching of Design and Technology at Dairy Meadow is to give our children an education that will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of design.

The purpose of teaching Design and Technology is to give them the opportunity to think critically and develop a better understanding of how much of an important role design and technology plays in all our lives - evolving over millennia to create the 21st century civilisation we are today. Children will explore a range of design and technology from around the world, ranging from the humble British beach hut to Egyptian tombs and Groundbreaking Greek design.  Our architects will also know how Design and Technolody both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our community. 

A large part of our DT curriculum is food technology. Through our discrete units our little chefs will gain an understanding of the field to table process of growing and cooking. 

Teaching and Learning:

Design and Technology is a subject that will be explored in a cross curricular manner using the Cornerstones curriculum. Teachers from all year groups will be actively building in a range of engaging and inspiring activities that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to express themselves within Design and Technology. Our priority to ensure that our children’s creativity and individuality is encouraged, which will give children the confidence to excel in this field. Children will be given the substantive knowledge they need to effectively design, build and create whilst also provided with ample opportunity to build up the disciplinary knowledge to inform the essential skills required.  

Additional Support:

The use of quality first teaching methods (scaffolding, modelling) will encourage children to explore different methods of art and design (drawing, painting, sculpting, designing and making products). Effective questioning and modelling will be integrated within a lesson ensuring that all students have access to quality learning as well as the access to additional adults. Due to the practical nature of the subject, at all times in Design and Technology safety will be a chief priority. 

Assessment:

Children’s work will be assessed against a Success Criteria encouraging students to challenge themselves and think carefully about how they structure their work. Finally, they will be given the opportunity to present their final products/ masterpieces to their class where they will be encouraged to receive and give constructive feedback.

Staff Development:

A survey will be sent out to gauge staff understanding and knowledge of Design and Technology. This information will be used to create learning opportunities for staff to encourage them to teach effective and engaging art and design lessons. Subject champions will liaise with teachers to ensure the provision of resources as well as attend network meetings to share ideas and hone good practice. 

Monitoring and Evaluating:

In order to be effective champions we will ensure that take part in a pupil voice survey to engage what the children enjoy about art and design and how they feel it can be improved.  We are also hoping to be given the opportunity to view design and technology lessons taking part in different year groups, ensuring that lessons are engaging and constructive. Our DT champion will be guided in conducting a deep dive with SLT members using pupil voice and DT journals as a way to voice our children's journey within the subject. 

Enrichment Opportunities:

As champions we have a dedication to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM.  Therefore, we hope to invite STEM Ambassadors from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians. Due to the changing nature of Southall we will also be working closely with building firms and HS2 to make our children aware of the real world implications of the subject.

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