We aim for our children to become independent designers through choice, collaboration, taking risks and personal discovery.
At Elworth Hall Primary School, we believe that high-quality Design and Technology lessons will inspire children to think imaginatively and innovatively, enabling them to solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. In design and technology children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes, develop their skills and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal or written reflection. At Elworth Hall Primary school we encourage children to take risks, become resourceful, critique and evaluate their work. Taking risks provides children with the opportunity to reflect on their work, ensuring they build and apply a repertoire of knowledge in order to become creative problem solvers.
Teachers plan opportunities using our Design Technology units devised by the subject leaders, these projects allow them to ensure children are able to develop their skills and knowledge of Design Technology in greater depth. The work that is produced by the children is celebrated and displayed in school for others to see. Some classes will go on trips, have visiting experts in school or invite parents and the wider community in school to enhance the learning experience. Children will be introduced to a range of places of work within Cheshire and the world that use different elements of design and technology.
Our Design and Technology Curriculum is well thought out and planned with the purpose of demonstrating the progression of skills and knowledge. Teachers use our Creative Curriculum to plan their design and technology lessons, ensuring the skills and knowledge of their year group is taught. We measure the impact of our design and technology curriculum through the following methods:
A reflection on the standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
Pupil voice – discussions about their learning; which includes discussions about their thoughts, ideas and progress.
Learning walks A fundamental aspect of our design and technology curriculum is self-evaluation.
It is important that children are taught to reflect on their learning and evaluate what could they do to improve or develop a product they are creating. Design and technology monitoring throughout all year groups also takes place once a term to compliment this, allowing leaders to ensure our designers have the opportunity to develop their skills fully and showcase their talents.