Design & Technology

Vision

At The Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation, we value Design & Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Design & Technology provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”

― Sir Ken Robinson

A high-quality Design & Technology education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Design & Technology. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Design & Technology. They should also know how Design & Technology both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The aims of teaching Design & Technology in our schools are:

  • To engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of Design & Technology, craft and design.
  • As pupils progress through school, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Design & Technology. They should also know how Design & Technology both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation
  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • To produce a product in response to a design brief

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Design & Technology, we implement a curriculum that is progressive. Design & Technology is taught through our half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Within our schools, we value Design & Technology and ensure it is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.

The Design & Technology curriculum is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers use the long term plans to ensure that a range of Design & Technology opportunities are provided over the year.

Within our schools we provide a variety of opportunities for Design & Technology learning inside and outside the classroom. Every year we have a spotlight week – ‘BIG Design & Technologys’ in which artists are invited in to work alongside the children. We create huge models for the annual Grassington Festival parade, working alongside members of the community. We have exhibitions to showcase our work to our family and friends, including people in the community.

Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional Design & Technology learning outside the classroom. The children have had many opportunities to experience Design & Technology on educational visits. The children have explored local museums/art galleries and had visitors into school to share Design & Technology learning and have hands on experiences.

 

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