How have we planned our Design and Technology Curriculum?
At Bridekirk Dovenby CE Primary School, Design and Technology and Art and Design begin through the ‘Create’ and Investigate strands of our Early Years Curriculum.
Children in Early Years are encouraged to investigate, become autonomous and to be creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products.
Throughout KS1 and KS2, we use the Kapow scheme of work. This scheme has been carefully chosen as it aims to inspire pupils to become innovative and creative thinkers, who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation and evaluation. We want pupils to develop confidence, to take risks, though drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. Through the scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.
At Bridekirk, our Design and technology scheme of work enables pupils to meet the key stage attainment targets in the National Curriculum and the aims also align with those in the National curriculum. Therefore we enable children to ‘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 well-being of the nation.’ (NC Design & Technology – Purpose of Study)
Kapow Primary is also an Artsmark partner and is able to support us on our journey to become an Artsmark accredited school in the future. We aim to inspire children and young people to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture.
Links with Cockermouth School help to ensure that, by the end of KS2, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their learning and have the knowledge and skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Due to the pandemic, we are aware that there have been some missed opportunities when it comes to Design and Technology. We aim to fulfil these with inspiring enrichment opportunities alongside our full curriculum which is reflected in our Curriculum Drivers. This encourages…
Enrichment opportunities selected aim to consider our local context and build upon its advantages, but also highlight wider cultural experiences from around the globe.