At Wood End Park Academy, Design and Technology is an integral part of our school curriculum. We believe Design and Technology provides children with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring design, create ideas for the world in which we all live and work. Pupils develop many essential skills in DT such as : adapting their own work, evaluating and ‘having a go’.
Within Key Stage 1, children explore a variety of designs and products which inspire them to think about their own creative designs. They are encouraged to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on the design criteria. Whilst children in Key Stage 2 use their research skills to design using suitable criteria for their design. Additionally, Key Stage 2 children focus on the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups e.g. designing pizza with a specially designed pizza box!
Students in our academy are encouraged take pride in all designs and products that they have created; as our school part-takes in Design and Technology exhibitions where the students are able to showcase their hard work to parents, staff and we invite in our governors too. The event is appreciated by both parents and staff and gives the children the opportunity to display their work that they take pride in and have put a substantial amount of time into.
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.