Design & Technology
Design and technology 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 well-being of the nation.
St Gerard's intends to deliver a DT curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study. It will prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.
This skills and knowledge, in the Desiugn Technology curriculum, will be mapped out across the year and for all year groups. Delivery of design and technology projects will follow a clear structure. This will follow the NC and the progression document (written, provided and updated by the subject leader). The delivery of DT will follow a structure of the design process where each project fill follow: research, design, make and evaluate.
In addition, a range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken. There will be clear and appropriate cross curricular links, in line with year group topics, to underpin learning across the curriculum. This will provide pupils with opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.
Pupils at St Gerard's will have clear enjoyment and confidence in DT, which they will apply to other areas of the curriculum. The DT curriculum will allow pupils to expand their knowledge, when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school. The DT curriculum at St Gerard’s contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. As designers, children will develop skills and attributes which they can use beyond school and into adulthood.
Our Art & Design Leader is: Miss Wells (Currently on Maternity Leave)