Design and Technology
DT Specialist Teacher - Mr Daniel James
At St Joseph’s, children are offered a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making. DT is taught from Reception to Year 6. This year we are excited to include woodwork in our Reception DT lessons!.
DT provides opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge taught in other subjects, such as Maths, Science and Art. Throughout the school they will complete projects relating to structures, mechanisms, electronics, textiles and food, with a clear progression of skills and knowledge. At St Joseph’s, children are offered in a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making.
Children are given time to research from quality sources (including books, video and web), develop ideas, plan, experiment, construct and evaluate our products. They will have autonomy to be creative within a brief, exploring individual ideas and applying technical knowledge and vocabulary to communicate and realise their concepts.
DT should be accessible, challenging and enjoyable to all, providing a sense of achievement and pride in products regardless of ability or background.
Projects include global (e.g. international food recipes) and local links (e.g. community traffic issues) and opportunities to celebrate children’s individuality.
Children will investigate and create products that aim to solve social, environmental and technical challenges within real-life contexts, including links to other cultures as well as local relevance.
Inspired by St Joseph, we aim to nurture confidence and joy in making quality products. DT should encourage practical problem solving and nurture skills that can be used throughout pupils’ lives, for example healthy cooking or fixing broken possessions.