At Stretton Handley CE Primary School, our Design and Technology curriculum is knowledge
rich and ensures that key skills and vocabulary are reinforced in meaningful contexts. Key strands are deliberately constructed so the skills and knowledge needed are built upon each year. Our children will be inquisitive problem solvers who can adapt and apply their prior knowledge in an ever-changing world. Children will follow a process of design, make and evaluate to produce products that meet a given criteria. They will create unique products by applying and combining learning from across an enquiry. They will construct functional products to achieve a sense of satisfaction. Children will adapt and improve their work and this will aid the children to become more resilient within themselves and be reflective of the wider world.
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Design and Technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Design and Technology. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products, and then evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT. In all classes there are children of differing ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies.
Through stimulating and engaging lessons, we endeavour to see an impact on the children’s creativity and curiosity. Children will have a greater knowledge of design and manufacturing techniques as well as an improved understanding of the importance of evaluation in order to make improvements to products. By the end of Key Stage 2, children leaving Stretton Handley CE Primary School are confident, innovative, enterprising and resourceful young people, with the relevant skills to face an increasingly technological world.