Design Technology

Curriculum Intent

At Istead Rise Primary School we believe that Design and Technology is a significant subject in the context of the wider world. With many technological advances taking place all of the time we need children and young people to seek out careers in this field. With this in mind, we wish to excite and inspire children through our DT curriculum. We encourage them to think innovatively and to bring skills from maths, science, computing and art to their work in DT. Our aim is to give children opportunities to build skills which later in life, can help them contribute to society as a whole.

Curriculum Implementation

Design and Technology focuses on producing functional products that can be useful, and it encourages children to think creatively for a specific purpose. Teachers at Istead Rise have carefully constructed the school’s Design and Technology curriculum to cover all National Curriculum aims. Our children are able to build upon skills they’ve learnt each year as they move through the school. 

We teach DT in alternate terms and lessons are delivered in a sequential fashion, allowing children to progress from the research stage to initial designs and to the final product with guidance and encouragement from their teachers. During these termly blocks, we teach textiles, cooking and construction (of functional products). The school provides a stimulating learning environment which provides children with the materials they need to succeed in this subject. Children are also taught how to evaluate their own work and to take part in peer assessment with other pupils. Learning is recorded in the appropriate manner according to the stage of product development e.g. initial designs may be in a sketchbook or on paper. 

Teachers assess children’s progress throughout the various stages of designing and making products and offer immediate verbal feedback to ensure that children are aware of what they are doing well and to offer them ideas on how to improve. By allowing children to develop their design skills independently, every child from every background is given the opportunity to realise their own potential and to create something unique to them. Istead Rise Primary School provides a strong foundation for children to advance forward into more in depth design and technology work in secondary school and beyond.