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Orchard Primary Academy

Design and Technology

What Design & Technology looks like at Orchard
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At Orchard Primary Academy we
- encourage children to learn, to think and intervene creatively to solve problems as an individual and as members of a team.
- allow children to use their creativity and imagination to be able to design and make products for a specific purpose.  
- give all children an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned through practical exploration and use that knowledge when completing their own product.
-allow children to take risks and make adjustments to their products throughout, making their final product the best it can be. 
- celebrate and praise the work of others, offer words of advice and allow children to become evaluative learners.

The teaching and implementation of the Design and Technology Curriculum at Orchard Primary Academy is based on the National Curriculum and every year group plans for the three DT areas to be taught across the year which provides a well-structured approach to this subject. It is very cross-curricular and draws upon other subject knowledge such as Science and Mathematics 
A DT topic pack is designed for each term where children design for a purpose. DT skills are built upon each year starting in EYFS up to year 6. Teachers use formative assessment to assess children at the end of each topic to ensure objectives, skills and knowledge are met. The DT lead audits the resources half termly to ensure that all year groups have the correct supplies and resources to complete their desired products.
It also embeds our school vision of being resilient as children take risks, become initiative and become reflective of their own work.

Each child end their topic with a final product which is a fantastic way to show off the knowledge and skills they have learnt. By providing children with a Design and Technology curriculum with wide opportunities children will be engaged and motivated to do well in their DT learning. They will build upon their prior learning and develop their skills and have a clear understanding of the relevance and importance of DT in the wider world. 

Personal Development:
With the curriculum we offer pupils are taught how to investigate products, aesthetic and functional, past and present and examine how they affect the quality of our daily lives. It inspires our students to discover new talents which then develops their self-confidence.
Pupils are faced with moral dilemmas when designing new products. They have to consider carefully which materials/ingredients they will use when designing and making. We also encourage children to think about the impact it will have on the environment and the 6 ‘R’s’: rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and replace.
When children have finished their products, we value the opinions of others as well as our own. During this we learn to take criticism without being offended and use it as constructive criticism.
Pupils are encouraged use the work of artists and designers from a wide range of cultures and historical contexts to influence and support the development of their work.

DT progression document

DT EYFS progression
DT vocabulary progression

DT language progression

Yearly overview