The purpose of our high-quality design and technology curriculum at Shotley Bridge Primary School is to inspire our children to use their creativity as well as imagination when making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts also considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. At Shotley Bridge Primary School we teach our children design and technology to a very-high standard in all classes. We believe that having a secure understanding of the skills of design and technology is essential for our pupils’ future studies within our own school, secondary school, college, university and beyond, enabling them to achieve their aspirations as well as contributing to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of our nation.
The design and technology curriculum at Shotley Bridge Primary School is inspiring, rigorous and practical. Lessons are carefully planned to ensure pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Our curriculum encourages children to take creative risks: children are given opportunities to express themselves freely and without fear; experiment with a variety of designs, ideas and concepts; and reflect on their own as well as others’ creative processes in a supportive and respectful environment. Children learn how to be enterprising and capable citizens, and, through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, children develop a critical understanding of how design and technology impacts on daily life as well as the wider world. The lessons we provide at Shotley Bridge Primary School ensure that all children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. At Shotley Bridge Primary School we value resourcefulness and children learn the importance of sustainability, thinking about their impact on the environment.
At Shotley Bridge Primary School, children are given time to 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. We believe it is vital that children not only reflect on their design and technology journey at the end of a unit of work, but throughout the process of creating products. Time is given in each lesson for children to critique, evaluate and test their ideas as well as the work of others in order to reflect on decisions made and adapt future decisions. Our design and technology curriculum also provides children with opportunities to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Our design and technology programme of study is set out year-by-year across the whole school and curriculum maps for skills taught are sent home termly. Our curriculum is enriched with a variety of design and technology activities that are designed to go above and beyond what is taught and help to develop pupils’ appreciation of the beauty and power of design and technology: designer as well as sculptor visits; themed days; out of school visits, such as trips to Sunderland Glass Centre; after-school craft clubs; enterprise weeks; Beamish engineering; STEM activity days).
The design and technology subject coordinator monitors the subject closely in Shotley Bridge Primary School to ensure children are working at a high standard: work, display and planning scrutinies, learning walks, lesson observations, discussions with children, evaluation of school data compared to national standards, attending local authority network meetings and courses to ensure they stay abreast of best practice, and leading whole-school training for staff members, form a part of this. Ongoing assessments enable us to make appropriate early interventions to ensure every child makes high levels of progress in design and technology.