Design and Technology

Curriculum Statement

At Marine Park we aim to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideas, creation, and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. In line with the whole school PACE curriculum we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements. Our Design and technology scheme of work is accessible to children of all abilities. It enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align with those in the National curriculum. EYFS units provide opportunities for pupils to work towards the Development matters statements and the Early Learning Goals.  

The Design and technology National curriculum outlines the three main stages of the design process: design, make and evaluate. Each stage of the design process is underpinned by technical knowledge which encompasses the contextual, historical, and technical understanding required for each strand. Cooking and nutrition has a separate section, with a focus on specific principles, skills and techniques in food, including where food comes from, diet and seasonality.

Each of our key areas follows the design process (design, make and evaluate) and has a particular theme and focus from the technical knowledge or cooking and nutrition section of the curriculum. We have a spiral curriculum, with key areas revisited again and again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.

Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional design and technology learning outside the classroom, these first-hand experiences for the children support and develop their learning.  We recognise that to have impact planned cultural capital must be clearly linked to the statutory design technology skills and knowledge to be acquired and provide the opportunity for children to better understand the knowledge or apply what they already know. 

Due to the diverse community our children are from, the promotion of a language rich Design Technology curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in Design Technology at Marine Park.

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