'Designing, creating and evaluating with a
purpose for everyday life'
At Holt Farm Junior School we encourage children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Through the Design Technology (DT) curriculum, we aim to inspire children by teaching and learning about designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose. DT is considered a rigorous and practical subject where children can learn, think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.
At HFJS the Design and Technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills. We aim to, whenever and wherever possible, link learning and experiences for the children through a cross curricular, topic based approach i.e. through other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
We will encourage children to become both innovators and risk-takers!
At HFJS children keep a record of their DT work within their topic books, where pre-and post evaluations and assessments can be recorded as well as any photographic evidence of their final DT work. Completed projects and masterpieces are also displayed and kept within classrooms throughout the topic or term basis.
Teachers use an adapted approach, so all learners can access lessons and are able to achieve to the best of their abilities. Children may be supported in a variety of ways; with pre-learning before a lesson, being part of a guided group during the lesson, being given additional resources to scaffold their learning such as, use of different materials, equipment, artefacts or adult support. Children's learning is extended through guided groups, additional challenges, where learners can apply their understanding, in a variety of ways including real life contexts. This enables children to be successful lifelong learners.
We are committed to providing our children with exciting and enriching learning environments, in which they have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of technology of the past and present whilst at the same time developing and becoming innovators of the future.
When and where possible, trips and visiting experts, who can enhance the learning experience and opportunities for all pupils are organised and delivered throughout topics and terms. As part of the topic based approach at HFJS, teachers deliver DT through a combination of weekly lessons, block units, celebration/inspiration events and competitions.
We aim to: Design - Make - Evaluate
Rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to the learning.
Researched designs based on functional, appealing products with purpose.
Planned by appropriate methods; annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer aided design.
Children can select from a wider range of tools than KS1.
Children should use from and select a wider range of materials and components; textiles, construction equipment and ingredients.
Evaluations should be in comparison to existing products.
Children should evaluate against design criteria.
Children should understand how key events and individuals have helped shape design and technology globally – products are in context!
Assessment and Marking
Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine whether a child is working within age-related expectations, above or below at the end of each term against given assessment strands. They will base their judgements on the quality of work produced throughout their topics along with the discussions, reflections and evaluations. Children, in each year group, are expected to share prior knowledge and understanding before being able to evaluate work after each unit or topic taught.
At Holt Farm Junior School, lessons and learning involve a combination of appreciation, creation, celebration and evaluation of design and technology. The sharing and displaying of pupils’ work within the class, school and the wider community are all vital elements to improving their technological development and understanding.
Not only will the large majority of children achieve age related expectations in Design Technology but through the teaching and learning of DT children in the school will have a greater enjoyment and confidence in the subject and as designers they will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school into adulthood.