At St Teresa’s Primary School, the Catholic faith underpins every aspect of the curriculum and is at the centre of our learning. Children are actively encouraged to ‘Build God’s Kingdom’.
It is our intent at St Teresa’s RC Primary school to provide pupils with a high-quality education in Design and Technology. We do this practically by using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within
a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Intent & Implementation
Knowledge and skills St Teresa’s wants our pupils to achieve at each stage take from the National Curriculum:
Early Years Foundation Stage
During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.
- Design: Children are able to use appropriate planning formats to design purposeful products.
- Make: Children are able to select and use a wide range of tools and materials that are suitable to make their product.
- Evaluate: Children are able to evaluate their own and existing products against a criteria.
- Technical Knowledge: Children are able to build and then improve different structures and explore and use various mechanisms.
- Cooking and Nutrition: Children will understand where food comes from and will be able to prepare a healthy, balanced dish.
- Design: Children are able to use research about a product to generate their own designs, recording these designs using various methods.
- Make: Children are able to accurately select and use the correct tools required in order to make their product.
- Evaluate: Children are able to investigate and analyse a range of products taking into consideration the opinions of others. Children understand the importance of inventors and the impact they have had on the world.
- Technical Knowledge: Children are able to use technology and various systems whilst making their products.
- Cooking and Nutrition: Children will be able to use a range of cooking tools to make and prepare savoury dishes and understand where we get our ingredients from.
All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. The design process should incorporate real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. All children will review skills from previous learning and try to apply these in their next task. Self-evaluation, experimentation and questioning is key to assessing learning in DT.