The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the children to demonstrate understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.
A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations. Design Technology lessons are based around the development of skills, to ensure that each skill taught is based around the children creating their end product. This could take many forms: Fairground rides, Stop motion sets, Roman shields, Robotic End Effectors, Bug Hotels and presenting cooked recipes.
Year 5 designed and created their own fairground ride for the new Gulliver's Valley Theme Park. They then utilised their D&T skills to design, adapt and build their rides, Science skills to create motorised circuits and finally they used their ICT skills to create a video advertisement for their rides.