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Design Technology

How DT is taught at Arnot St Mary

At Arnot St Mary, we aim to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation and evaluation. We want our children to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling and testing and to be reflective learners, who evaluate their work and the work of others-individually and as a team.

Children learn Design and Technology once a term across every year group, with a clear progression of skills and knowledge within five strands:

  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Cooking and Nutrition

This enables our children to meet the required attainment targets by the end of each key stage.

Throughout each project, children respond to design briefs and scenarios that require consideration of the needs of others, developing their skills in six key areas:

  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Textiles
  • Cooking and Nutrition (Food)
  • Electrical systems (KS2) and
  • Digital World (KS2)

Enrichment in DT

Opportunities are sought to provide the children with access to places of design and technological significance and learning outside the classroom within units of work. We will also seek to provide access to people with specialist design and technology skills from the local and wider community to enrich the Design and Technology curriculum.

After-school clubs offer children enrichment opportunities for designing, making and cookery/baking.


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