DT at Chandlers Ridge

Our vision for design technology is all children to be at age related expectations, having inspiring and practical teaching to enrich children’s creativity, imagination and skills within a variety of contexts.

DT starts by teaching basic knowledge, understanding and skills needed to design and make products linked to the NC KS1 expectations. KS2 then continues to embed these skills with a deeper level of subject knowledge, vocabulary and new and additional skills linked to the KS2 NC expectations.

The curriculum is covered in a sequential manner to ensure the NC content is covered between each year group. The Plan Bee scheme of work ensures the content is age appropriate and provides engaging lessons. KS1 lessons link DT to their topic related content helping children learn more knowledge about their other subjects in school to strengthen their learning. SMART task questions provide children with the opportunity to revisit and discuss prior knowledge, ensuring knowledge and understanding is embedded in the children’s long-term memory. The use of the correct vocabulary and terminology related to the area of DT being taught is modelled throughout lessons. Children are encouraged to use a range of challenging vocabulary during the planning, making and evaluation of products.

The curriculum is balanced through the teaching of food technology, Lego (electrical systems), structure, mechanisms and textile. Lessons are mainly practical with a small level of recording for the planning and evaluation of a made product. The curriculum is balanced by providing opportunities for speaking, listening, reading, writing and developing cultural awareness