Subject Leader: Mrs J Brabin
Statement of Intent for Design and Technology
At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, our aim is for pupils to be able to design, make and evaluate something, for somebody, for a purpose.
We follow Projects on A Page from DATA to ensure that skills are developed progressively.
From Year 1 to Year 6, all children will be taught one DT unit per term, one of them being cooking. Foundation stage have their own curriculum with DT opportunities too.
At St Joseph’s, we aim to design, make and evaluate products. This will enable pupils to develop life skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. All children from Year 1 to Year 6 are taught further life skills through cooking.
From Year 1 to Year 6, all children will be taught one DT unit per term, one of them being cooking. The units covered include textiles, structures, cooking and mechanisms. In addition to this, KS2 also learn about computer aided design and electrical systems including control. Foundation stage have their own curriculum with DT opportunities too. The different aspects of DT enables pupils to develop life skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Click here to see the Curriculum Map for DT.
Each year group, from Year 1 to Year 6, have a designated half term where children will learn how to prepare two different recipes alongside basic food preparation. The Foundation Stage also introduce the children to different aspects of cooking linked to their own topics. St Joseph’s believes that these are important life skills to develop with the children.
We encourage our learning to be enriched and supplemented with visits outside of school and with visitors to our school too. By linking with local secondary schools, we can also use their subject knowledge and facilities to further enhance our learning opportunities.
We recognise that children have different abilities and we strive to support all children by adapting tasks to suit them. We also acknowledge that some children have particular strengths in this subject and aim to develop this further by taking part in projects such as Primary Engineering, supported by an engineer from Fords.