We are Daring Designers!
“You design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown!” Norman Foster
Through our Design and Technology curriculum at Wood End Park Academy, pupils will gain opportunities to explore a range of concepts including: existing products, development, design and processes. Prior to each unit of work pupils will be asked to research their product and developments so they start the unit of work with their own knowledge base from which to create an even better outcome. Reflection and evaluation will be practised at the end of each unit.
Pupils will generate their ideas through a range of ways so they can become experts in this field such as open discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams.
Pupils will be expected to make their own choices (in line with our behavior policy) in choosing the tools and materials for their work; they will be able to retrieve and use processes learnt from past learning due to the sequencing of our units of work. Trialling and experimenting will be key features of our DT lessons so pupils are using their opening minds skills of taking a risk and evaluating their own learning approaches.
Via our DT lessons, pupils will further develop their appreciation of the value of cooking, this will be embedded as a life skill for our children. The DT curriculum will refine a range of opening minds skills: valuing the diversity of their community (e.g. cooking units of work will look at staple foods from across cultures etc) and working for a real life purpose including ascertaining value for money. Pupils will be given opportunities and space to be original, creative and think ‘out of the box’ in a bid to be ‘true inventors’.
Finally, the DT curriculum will give further opportunities – in line with the rest of the curriculum – to problem solve with resilience.
Developed by the principal, Director of Teaching and Learning and teachers.