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Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pear Tree Mead
Harlow
Essex
CM18 7BY

Telephone: 01279 836181

Head Teacher: Mrs Christine Peden

Chair of Governors: Mrs Wendy Beckett

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Design and Technology

What does the subject ‘intend’ to provide the children at PTM?

Design and Technology (DT), is an inspiring and practical subject that encourages creative thinking, develops confidence and the pupils are involved in designing, making and evaluating their own products. In their DT sessions, the children will develop their technical DT skills, each year they will have the opportunity to create a DT project, and will also participate in cooking and nutrition learning and skills sessions.

 

Through our teaching of DT we intend to:

 

  • Help prepare and provide awareness of the developing world.
  • Provide children with valuable career learning and life experiences.
  • Teach the children whole DT process; design, creation and evaluation of products
  • Encourage children to be creative problem solvers and develop their imaginative and critical thinking skills.
  • Encourage children to work as individuals and as part of a team.
  • Encourage pupils to take risks, be resourceful and innovative and have creative ideas
  • Promote independent learning and encourage them to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product (differentiated for different ages) .
  • To give expereinces that challenge resilience and confidence.
  • Foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things.
  • Teach and follow safe procedures during sessions.
  • Provide cross curricular opportunities; we facilitate their application of maths, science, computing, art and other subject skills.
  • Get children to evaluate past and present technology, analyse and understanding its impact on daily life and the wider world.

How is DT taught across KS1 and KS2?

Design and Technology is taught mostly through our experience topics. We try to teach as cross curricular as possible so Design and Technology may be taught alongside other subjects.  During each year at Pear Tree Mead the children are involved in a DT project, they design, make and evaluate their own products. These are then displayed for all to see. They also have additional cooking and nutrition and DT skills sessions.  We enable the children to experience all aspects of design and technology, for example they are involved in building structures, products with mechanisms, the construction of electrical and mechanical products, textiles, cooking and nutrition.

 

The attached curriculum below shows the progression of skills and learning across Ks1 and KS2 DT curriculum objectives 2019 

How is DT taught in the EYFS

In the Early Years, design and technology is taught through ‘Expressive Art and Design’ . Lots of other areas are also developed well during DT learning, for example their understanding of the world, physical development, personal, social and emotional development and their communication and language. Through these sections of the early year’s curriculum we cover the basics of the design and technology curriculum. The children participate in the creation of projects linking to their topics with the support of adults; they also have daily opportunities to do child-initiated creations.  Lots of creativity and independence is encouraged in early years DT. Both the nursery and reception classrooms have various creative / construction areas which can be continuously accessed by the children, these are inside and outside the classroom.

 

What additional learning opportunities are given to the children across school

To enrich the subject in school, we also lead clubs where the children can apply and develop their DT skills, these are led by the children’s interests and they are involved in choosing the products they would like to create. On special days / festivals we also promote the creation of DT products, the children are involved in engaging days  (e.g. Christmas creative day) which also involves peer learning where different classes work together and/or share creations. Also parents are invited into classrooms to create together or to look at and celebrate products, this happens on various occasions across the year.

 

How is the subject assessed?

Due to the hands-on nature of the subject most DT sessions are practical, photos are taken of the pupils learning, some DT learning is also recorded in books through their designs and evaluations.  Teachers assess children’s work in design and technology by making assessments as they observe them working during lessons. They record the progress that children make by assessing the children’s work against the learning objectives and skills for their lessons. At the end of a unit of work, teachers make a judgement against the objectives. Teachers then use the levels that they record to plan the future work of each child. We monitor and track progression across the school.

 

How can parents assist with this subject?

Ideas of how you can help your child develop their DT learning and skills:

 

  • Work together to make projects at home. This could be with a variety of materials of could simply be during play. Design and make products together.
  • Try cooking together or creating a dish together. You could make savoury or sweet dishes e.g. sandwiches, soups, deserts, cakes et.c. You could also link to their learning about the world and try creating dishes from around the world.
  • Encourage creativity whenever you child is making something. Follow their interests and see what their imagination creates.
  • Remind your child about health and safety measures when participating in DT e.g. when you cook, or if you construct something together.
  • Encourage your child to evaluate their creations. Talk together about what is great about their products and what could they do to make them even better.

 

These websites may provide useful ideas for you and your child.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb9d7ty

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking

google – creative ideas or making puppets!

Inclusion for all

Lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches. This includes use of open ended tasks with potential for a variety of results, using various levels of challenge and provisions of different resources and aquipment,  questioning, use of equipment, and grouping (either mixed or ability set) to enable children adult or peer support. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class. We also providing additional opportunities for those with gifts or talents.