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Design Technology


Design and Technology Intent, Implementation statement

At Clanfield Junior School, we intend that Design and Technology lessons should incorporate the following key elements: design, technical knowledge, creation and evaluation. Thus, allowing the children to have regular opportunities to develop their creativity and understanding of the subject. Design and technology includes Maths and English and other subjects on the curriculum; it allows children to explore these subjects in a fun manner and put these subjects into a variety of contexts. It is a subject that allows children to be creative and practical and provides children with a chance to problem solve and develop their own creative ideas as individuals and as part of a team.

Throughout their time at Clanfield Junior School, children will learn five key skills of design and technology: cooking/nutrition, textiles, shell structures, mechanisms (links and leavers and cam toys), frame structures, and electrical systems. Children will be taught these key skills of design through hands-on, practical experiences; which will be explored within a variety of contexts linked to the wider curriculum.

At Clanfield Junior School, we use HIAS guidance and Projects on a Page alongside the National Curriculum to ensure a well-structured progression of design and technology knowledge and skills are acquired throughout the children’s time in primary education.

We plan for design and technology to have a great impact on children at Clanfield Junior School. We aspire for children to have a clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology, we hope that they will then apply this to other areas of the curriculum. Children will ultimately know more, remember more, and understand more about design and technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school. As designers, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.

Design and technology is enjoyed by teachers and pupils across Clanfield Junior School. Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence is presented in a variety of ways, in design and technology books and practical projects. Children are taught to use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes taught. Children improve their inquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them. Children will show the ability to improve their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.

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