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Design & Technology at St Robert Bellarmine
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At St Robert Bellarmine, we believe that high-quality design and technology education provides opportunities for children to become independent and creative problem solvers. DT lessons will allow pupils to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ wants, needs and values. They will also be required to draw upon disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing or art to support them in designing and making their own products. Pupils are encouraged to take risks and show resilience, overcoming problems they may encounter by being resourceful and innovative. They are also provided with opportunities to evaluate both past and present design and develop a critical understanding of products and their impact on life and the wider world.
Planning meets the aims of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology and covers the required skills outlined in the Programme of Study. The curriculum is progressive and allows pupils to build on and apply a repertoire of skills, in order to make high-quality products for a wide range of users. One topic every year is planned so that pupils are able to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Planning also ensures the design and technology process is based on the six key principles of a genuine DT experience and they are evident in each project that pupils undertake.
The six key principles are as follows:
We intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced design and technology curriculum.
The impact and measure of DT teaching at St. Robert Bellarmine is that children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Pupils also develop skills through each topic, meaning that they can progress successfully to the next stage in their learning (e.g. from one year to another) and between key points of transition (such as between primary and secondary school).
Assessment is crucial in improving learning. Formative assessment is used to inform teachers of on going progress and allows for timely adjustments or intervention to be made that reflect the learning needs of all children in our school. Feedback is continually given to children, which leads to better outcomes in DT. In line with our school assessment policy, summative assessment in the form of teacher assessment is carried out at the end of each topic to inform the overall progress made by each child on a yearly basis.
We want the children to be passionate about DT and understand its importance in our world and for our future. High quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.