At St Margaret’s Primary School our aim for the DT curriculum is for children to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently. They are inspired to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. We aim for them to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make age appropriate prototypes and products for a wide range of users. They are encouraged to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products. Children are also taught to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
We base and plan our DT learning around each year groups Learning Journey and DT projects are part of each terms cross curricular topic. Each year the children are given opportunities to develop and refine their design skills through practical experiences. This enables them to make high quality products, critically evaluate their own work and learn new technical knowledge and language through a progressive skills based DT curriculum. Teachers build on children’s prior knowledge to ensure awareness of key concepts, presenting information clearly and checking understanding accurately and providing clear, direct feedback.
Our DT curriculum is planned to ensure that children reflect and evaluate their work and others. Classroom displays reflect the children’s progression of skills, knowledge and enjoyment within their DT learning. This is often demonstrated across the wider curriculum in creative and inspiring ways. The school environment provides exciting ways to learn and celebrates children’s accomplishments enabling them to feel a sense of pride and independence, this is reflected both indoors and out. Children demonstrate a range of cooking techniques whilst preparing dishes in accordance to a varied diet, alongside developing an understanding of where a variety of food comes from.