We believe that Design and Technology should encourage pupils to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.
It is with this in mind that we ensure that DT in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 is very much integrated into other areas of the curriculum, for example Art and Science. Here, we are constantly creating models and 3-dimensional structures that are planned, designed, assessed and evaluated.
Specific skills are taught for the individual cross curricular themes as and when they arise. In Key Stage 2 Design and Technology is taught as project linked ‘blocks’ of work. Again, these have a cross curricular theme and will be built into Art, Science or Global Citizenship projects. The opportunity arises in Year 5 for Design and Technology to be taught as a specific subject. The pupils have 6 hours of skills based teaching with a design outcome at the end of the termly block.
As a school we are invited to take part in ‘DT Challenges’ at The Kings School in Gloucester, Westonbirt School and The Royal High School in Bath. Design and Technology is also one of the many extra-curricular clubs that we offer both after school and at lunchtimes.