Design & Technology Curriculum Hoyland common primary school

Intent - Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

At HCPS, our Design Technology curriculum is taught through topics, which are underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning cycle. This approach ensures children have the opportunity to build upon taught skills in depth and across a period of time to produce a quality end result.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which the children develop in order to succeed in 21st century Britain. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

The Design Technology curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Implementation - Accelerated Learning

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.

Impact - Summative & Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching. Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support and providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Incerts is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Year 4 developed their cooking skills in a 'Come Dine with Me' themed topic - throughout their topic they cooked sausage rolls, soup, couscous, coleslaw and stuffed peppers!
Our Progressive Skills Curriculum
D&T - Progressive Curriculum Document Example