St John’s CE Primary School, we value Design Technology because it enables children to take part in inspiring, personal and practical activities. Design Technology provides opportunities for children to be creative whilst also ensuring their products solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, and considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The Design Technology Coordinators are Leonie Evans and Emma Cieslar.
It is also a fantastic opportunity to incorporate and make links to other aspects of the curriculum including mathematics, science, computing and art. Through Design Technology pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens, preparing them for future careers in their life. In addition, through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Aims and Objectives
At St John’s, through the teaching of Design Technology we aim to help children:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
What does Design Technology look like at St John’s?
At St John's, we dedicate an hour per week to develop Design Technology, or Art & Design skills. The Art and DT co-ordinators work closely to ensure skills are equally distributed and a rich curriculum has been designed to help our children develop through Design Technology. Lessons vary in each year group depending on the best link to the topic being covered within each half term.
Recently, we have had extensive building work completed and during this time we were lucky enough to have our own Art and DT area, the Atelier, created. This is an area where the children are invited to complete their Art & Design Technology learning with lots of accessible resources to help them be as creative as possible. We encourage children to be proud of their Art work and use this area as our own little Art Gallery where the children can display work that they are proud of for everyone to see. It is constantly being developed as we encourage the children take ownership of this area and share their ideas of how it can be improved and become more inviting.
Our St John's Artists have the opportunity to use their Art, Design and craft skills throughout our whole curriculum. We encourage the children to learn about local landmarks by recreating them in sculpture, as well as learning about historical houses by studying the features and creating 'life in the past' models. As a Church of England School, we also use our Design skills to represent and learn about the Key Christian events and these are all displayed around school and in church! Our children and families absolutely love home challenges and are eager to complete wonderful creative projects at home. This makes the learning purposeful and meaningful. have a look at some of our cross-curricular learning examples below: