Design and Technology (DT) is a practical subject. All children will have the opportunity to undertake a range of challenging, motivating, relevant and enjoyable DT activities throughout their time at St. Mary’s. This will be structured to give a sound basis for future development.
Our aims are:
We give children confidence in their work by providing continual support and encouragement. The children are extended in their work in a way which develops their expertise. The children are provided with the very best resources possible, while constantly reviewing this provision in the light of curriculum changes and development.
We use a skills based cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning using objectives taken from the National Curriculum. We teach Design and Technology through; topic work, the art and design curriculum and four whole school dedicated DT Days throughout the school year, ensuring all children access all areas of the Design Technology Curriculum.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Design and Technology is an integral part of topic work, relating aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, and Understanding of the World. To facilitate our objectives different teaching styles and methods are used as appropriate. These include small group and individual work.
The safety of the children is the responsibility of the class teacher. The children are taught the safe use and correct procedure involved when using tools and equipment in a learning environment. The children are made aware of the need to be careful and to understand that their actions can affect others.
The children build up a range of skills when using equipment to reduce unnecessary risk. All staff, including helpers, are made aware of food safety procedures when working with food to minimise any risks. The children wear protective clothing if/when necessary.
For further information about DT at St. Mary’s please read our school policy:
GOV.UK provides documents from the Department for Education relating to the National Curriculum’s statutory programmes of study for Design and Technology. Please click the link below to explore: