We have key concepts running through our DT curriculum. Through these concepts we teach pupils the essential knowledge they need to know to be successful in their learning, and build upon this knowledge as they progress through each unit of design and technology.
Our pupils are able to refer to our DT concepts when making connections between units of work and across the wider curriculum. We know that if pupils can make connections in their learning then they are more likely to embed this knowledge and remember it over time. This is because pupils have been given the opportunity to think deeply and recognise how knowledge is connected and related to their prior learning.
Design Technology Concepts
GJA Design Technology Concepts
DT is taught in six-week, progressive unit plans. We carefully plan our DT curriculum so that pupils learn the different compnents of DT including textiles, mechanisms, structures, food and electrical systems.
Each unit has an accompanying knowledge organiser that outlines the key knowledge to be acquired during the sequence of learning. This learning is then continualluy built upon.
Year 3 DT Knowledge Organisers
Year 4 DT Knowledge Organisers
Year 5 Knowledge Organisers
Year 6 Knowledge Organisers
Assessment of children's learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout the lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
Summative assessment is conducted termly by class teachers across each year group of the school to inform the subject leader of progress or skills and knowledge still to be embedded.
Design Technology is also monitored by the school leaders throughout the year in the form of book monitoring, looking at outcomes and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.