Design Technology at Priestley
Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition, Stimulating Curiosity.
At Priestley School, we aim to provide a coherently planned sequence of lessons to ensure progressive coverage of the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum. We aim to inspire children through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The intention is to encourage children to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. As part of this process, time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve on prototypes using design criteria throughout to support this process. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators.
Placing learning at the heart of everything we do.
Design and Technology skills and understanding are built into lessons, to allow for the revision of ideas to become part of good practice, which ultimately helps to build a depth to children's understanding. Revisiting and consolidating skills will help children to build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. The revision and introduction of key vocabulary is also built into each lesson. This vocabulary is then included in display materials and additional resources to ensure that children are allowed opportunities to repeat and revise this knowledge. At Priestley School, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of Design and Technology and show them how it has helped shaped the ever-evolving technological world they live in.
Priestley and Proud
Using a wide range of resources, including display materials, will increase the profile of Design and Technology. The learning environment will be consistent, with Design and Technology technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. We want to ensure that Design and Technology is loved by teachers and pupils across the school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future. Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment such as KWL grids, pupil conferencing and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.