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Rationale

At Millbrook Primary School, we take pride in the teachings of our unique school values that underpin all learning. We promote the British Fundamental values where British law, democracy, and a mutual respect and tolerance for those of other faiths, cultures and beliefs is embedded through all areas of the curriculum.

Purpose of study

At Millbrook Primary School, we believe that Design and technology (DT) is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 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. High – quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation.

Aims

The national curriculum for DT aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

Teaching and Learning

The teaching and learning of design and technology helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need in order to meet the above aims. Millbrook pupils will be given opportunities to plan, develop and communicate ideas, through talking, drawing and writing. They will work with a wide range of tools, equipment and materials to make products of increasingly good quality. Children will be given opportunities to evaluate what they are making and the finished product saying how they think it can be improved. Pupils will increase their knowledge and understanding of materials and components.

We recognise that all children are having widely different skills to apply to DT, and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenges of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this by:-

  • Setting open-ended tasks/briefs which can have a variety of answers and outcomes
  • Setting task of increasing difficulty
  • Grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each ability group where necessary
  • Providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child

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