Our school vision is that as a Catholic school, God is at the heart of all we do. We believe that each person is made in His image, deserving to be treated with respect and dignity. Through the teaching of Design and Technology we show respect, love and care for everyone and everything, there is harmony between pupils and each individual child realises their full potential, spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
Design and Technology at St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School
At St Thomas More our curriculum is based on the key principles and beliefs of our Bishop. We ensure that through the lens of faith we develop individual, unique people and form the foundations of them being able to contribute to society. This is reflected in our Design and Technology Curriculum.
Our teaching of Design and Technology aims to enable children to ‘think, design and shape their future’ (Ofsted report March 2011), whilst meeting the expectations outlined in the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world,
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.
Our curriculum is designed to promote the development of original ideas to solve real problems through building confidence and skills year on year to allow children of all age and abilities to experience success. This links to the vision across the curriculum and is embedding the spiral curriculum. Design and Technology units have clear opportunities for cross curricular links with science, mathematics, English, geography and history. We aim for our pupils to realise their full potential spiritually, academically and emotionally through experiencing good enrichment activities in with clear purposeful designing and making in response to real needs. In DT sessions, we ensure clear scaffolding for pupils whilst building in challenge too; aiming for all children to take ownership of their learning.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Art and Design and Design and Technology are covered through Expressive Art and Design. At St Thomas More we know that it is this development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness that supports their imagination and creativity. The planned continuous provision resources and activities across EYFS ensure regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling the children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, Art and Design and Design and Technology are taught alternatively for half a term each. The subjects are timetabled to be taught once per week across both KS1 and KS2. The teaching and learning in our DT sessions can be characterised as an inclusive differentiated approach where we aim to facilitate children of all abilities to experience a sense of achievement and pride through the work that they produce.
Our DT lessons are formed around the ‘Plan Bee’ scheme of work. We judge this to be a robust scheme that incorporates many cross-curriculum links. It delivers a good variety of different technical and practical expertise building knowledge and understanding to design and make high – quality prototypes. Across a year, each year group studies a textile unit, cooking unit and a building/construction unit.
This successful approach to Design and Technology lessons at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School will result in engaging, fun, high-quality DT lessons that promote a love, respect, care and curiosity for the World. The frequent, continuous and progressive DT learning will embed the National Curriculum aims ensuring the children are making good or better progress.