Design & Technology
At Wood Field Primary School we aim to provide children with a DT education that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. We follow the KAPOW Design and Technology curriculum which aims to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. It allows 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. The KAPOW scheme of work, aims 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. 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 (Reception) 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.
The National Curriculum organises the Design and Technology attainment targets under four subheadings: Design, Make, Evaluate, and Technical knowledge.
These subheadings have been used in the Kapow Primary strands:
● Technical knowledge
Cooking and nutrition is given a particular focus in the National Curriculum and this has been made this one of the six key areas that pupils revisit throughout their time in primary school:
● Cooking and nutrition
● Mechanisms/ Mechanical systems
● Electrical systems (KS2 only)
● Digital world (KS2 only)
Click here to see the Design and Technology Long Term Plan
Click here to see the Design and Technology Skills Progression document