At Kirk Merrington, we believe Design Technology should inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling and testing to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. Our Design Technology curriculum provides a coherently planned sequence of termly learning, adopted and adapted from Kapow, to ensure a progressive development of knowledge and skills, through our curriculum, we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements. Design Techonlogy provides children with the opportunities to evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others and enables children to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Design Technology allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other curriculum areas such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art when developing and designing products. Children are given the opportunity to evaluation key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on our everyday lives to inspire children to become the next generation of engineers, designers, chefs and architects.
Our long-term plan has been carefully set out to ensure the key terms of design and technology are developed from Reception to Year 6 to ensure there is clear progression of skills and vocabulary. At Kirk Merrington, the design process is fundamental and runs throughout our curriculum. Design Technology is taught through a variety of real-life, practical activities to allow children to develop exploring, designing, making, evaluating, technical knowledge and cooking and nutrition. Key areas are revisited again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.
At Kirk Merrington, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of Design and Technology and to understand how Design Technology continually shapes the ever-evolving technological world they live in. Pupils will develop a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and be innovative and resourceful members of society.
- Understand the functional and aesthetic properties of a range of materials and resources.
- Understand how to use and combine tools to carry out different processes for shaping, decorating, and manufacturing products.
- Build and apply a repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to produce high quality, innovative outcomes, including models, prototypes, CAD and products to fulfil the needs of users, clients and scenarios.
- Understand and apply the principles of healthy eating, diets, and recipes, including key processes, food groups and cooking equipment.
- Have an appreciation for key individuals, inventions and events in history and of today that impact our world.
- Recognise where our decisions can impact the wider world in terms of community, social and environmental issues.
- Self-evaluate and reflect on learning at different stages and identify areas to improve.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Design and Technology.