DT at Prince Rock
In the Learning Academies Trust, Design and Technology (D.T) forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe that D.T education stimulates creativity and imagination through problem solving and the production of quality products. We believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons where appropriate. Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.
The children in our Early Years Foundation Stage will learn about DT through their Expressive Arts and Design sessions. They will look closely at how things work, why things happen, living things and the changes that take place in the natural world. They learn using different materials and build on their understanding through exploring and playing with a wide range of materials.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to design purposeful, functional and appealing products that are based on design criteria. They will learn how to join materials and develop the use of tools to cut, shape, join and finish. They will learn to evaluate products and suggest how it could be improved to be stronger, stiffer and more stable. They will learn to cook simple food with an emphasis on savoury dishes.
Key Stage Two
In Key Stage 2 the children will learn to design purposeful products that are aimed at particular individuals or groups. They will develop their ideas through detailed planning, evaluating product design, observational drawings and making prototypes. They will learn how to use different joining techniques. They will make products and learn how to use a wide variety of tools, equipment, materials and components. They will learn how to include mechanical, electrical and computer control into products. They will learn to design and cook food with an emphasis on savoury dishes.
At Prince Rock, our objective is that all our children develop a clear knowledge and understanding of what design and technology is. We aim to teach a range of skills that will equip children to design and make their make own products, which can then be applied to a wider world context.
High quality teaching, focusing on the progression of skills, ensures this knowledge is embedded throughout the school. Furthermore, the design, make, evaluate process enables to children to have a deep understanding of how ideas and skills combine to make a final product.
Within our design and technology curriculum disadvantaged groups, as well as SEND and EAL children, can access the curriculum through the small steps progression of skills.
At Prince Rock, we work with our community too. We encourage local craftspeople to come into school and run workshops for our children. Thrussel and Thrussel are local ironmongers and worked with our children on designing a bench which is displayed in the grounds of Saltram House. We have also worked with the Institute of Engineering who run workshops about design in the community. We have also worked with them to produce a video which celebrated 400 years of engineering in Plymouth. Our collaborations make important links for the children. It enables them to see, and to sample, some of the career opportunities that exist – should they want them.
Children’s work is collated into an A4 workbook alongside other foundation subjects and kept in each class. This records the details of their research, skill development, planning, making and evaluating. Photographs are taken of each child’s final resulting product and kept as a record in this book too. Work in these books is monitored by the DT lead once a term.
In addition to monitoring the book outcomes of the children, the DT lead monitors classroom planning once every term. Follow up advice is given to support staff where needed. There is also a document which gives guidance to teachers to assess whether children are meeting, working towards or exceeding age-related expectations.
Overall, it is our intention to help our students develop the creative, technical and practical experience/skills they need to enable them to be successful in our ever-changing, technological world. The skills they learn with us, they will build on as they go through life and, should they want to, we hope these skills will enable them to become the designers of the future. We do this in many ways: art and DT clubs, community projects and community groups. The children also create something with our Food Technician each term to develop their culinary skills, understanding of cultures and health and safety.