At Grange Junior School, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product design a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art.
Children’s interests are captured through theme learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. All teaching of DT should follow the research, design, make and evaluate cycle as part of our Wonder,
Explore, Create curriculum.
Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary:
Research – know the market, understand the product
Design – relevant context, rooted in real life scenarios
Make – choice of materials, tools and methods
Evaluate – reflection against carefully crafted success criteria
The key skills we teach the children are:
sewing and textiles
cooking and nutrition
electrical and mechanical components
By the time children leave our school they will have:
A passion for the subject.
An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop a detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
The ability to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.
The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.