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Design Technology Curriculum Milefield primary - Progression of knowledge and skills

Intent - Knowledge, Skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the Design Technology curriculum is through thematic/topic based approach underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

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

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 are helped to grow and develop 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.

Implementation - Accelerated Learning

Design Technology is not taught discreetly, but is fully embedded across the whole curriculum. The Design Technology curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

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 demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

On twitter, you can search #MFPSDT to find tweets from staff about our D&T lessons to show coverage across school.

Impact - Summative and 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, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

Insight 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.

As a school, we believe that reflection time is an important step in pupil learning and progress. We ensure that our pupils are given time to reflect upon their learning. Reflection helps us to recognise what and how we have learned and what we need to focus on in the future. Reflection should be about valuing and encouraging pupil involvement – getting them to share ideas, listen to each other and develop the confidence to join in.

Our Progressive Skills Curriculum

Example of our Design and Technology Progressive Skills Document