The Intent, Implementation and Impact of Design and Technology at Victoria School

 

Intent

Victoria School intent for the teaching of Design and Technology is to support both a depth of understanding and skill development, whilst nurturing the pupil’s creativity, individuality and imagination. Our Design and Technology curriculum develops pupils’ skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials including food.

The Design and Technology curriculum at Victoria School enables pupils to use their prior knowledge, skills and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts.

Our teachers deliver a high quality Design and Technology education that ensures all pupils become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens that can confidently participate in an increasingly technological world.  

The teaching of Design and Technology at Victoria School ensures that all pupils, from EYFS to Year 6:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise need to perform everyday tasks
  • 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

 

Implementation

The Design and Technology curriculum at Victoria School is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards clearly defined end points.

We use the “POWER OF READING” book as a stimulus for the program of study to be woven into the lesson plans.

Design and Technology embeds the school’s culture of learning how to learn (Building Learning Power). It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, requiring creativity, resourcefulness, and imagination. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient.

The teaching of Design and Technology across the school follows the National Curriculum guidance and is taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term. In Key Stage 2, every class has a unit of work based on programming robots. This culminates in a fun and engaging competition in which the robots ‘dance’ against each other following a pre-programmed set of instructions designed by the pupils. Food technology is implemented across the school, with a designated pupil kitchen in Key Stage 2, with pupils developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

As a school 20 miles from Britain’s biggest nuclear waste site and therefore with STEM at the backbone of its community, we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high quality Design and Technology curriculum through well-resourced projects and experiences. The school offers a range of extra-curricular activities to support learning in this area, such as Cookery Club for Year 2 pupils and Robot Club for KS2 pupils.  The Robot Club prepares a group of pupils who go on to take part in the National Robot League Competition. Victoria School is also in partnership with the Energy Coast University Technology College which aims to combine local expertise in teaching and learning in technology, facilitating CPD, and providing school-to-school support.

Impact

The impact is for all pupils to develop confidence in taking risks and recognise the power of their imagination to make a product they can see, touch and even taste. Design and Technology provides pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge to become young designers and instils a sense of achievement and pride. It develops an array of skills year on year and is a learning platform for other subjects. 

Assessment of pupils' learning in Design and Technology is an ongoing monitoring of pupils’ understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform the appropriate next steps required for the pupils to ensure they make the expected progress towards end of year standards.