Valuing Every Achievement

Design & Technology


  Mrs Hill



'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the future.  All in equal measure but driven by the social and moral aspects. Our journey is as much about ‘how we approach our learning’ as anything else. Learning to learn is vital for our children. A thirst to learn from mistakes and be resilient and independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This can make them ready for the challenges and opportunities they may face in their future and this can foster ambition and aspiration to be the person we hope they can become. We drive and celebrate the skills and qualities that will bring this about and attempt to develop a more rounded, inclusive view and understanding of the modern wider world.  Our children’s speaking and listening skills are absolutely paramount and we aim to develop these continually within a curriculum that is broad, well balanced and seizes the importance of our locality, creativity and ‘performing arts’ .  


Design and technology offers our children the chance to try, to make, to learn from mistakes and improve. It is a fabulous opportunity put resilience and independence into action. Our curriculum must present these opportunities consistently as it can be perfect tool for 'learning to learn'. Our school's emphasis upon talk and positive debate should be planned carefully within what is often a team situation in design and technology. We must not overlook our opportunities to promote this within our planning. Enterprise, leisure, culture and our wider environment are central aspects of our thematic planning and we must make the most of these within our planned design and technology curiculum.


Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' has been keeping me extremely busy and we are currently working towards four clear goals in our design and technology curriculum:

* being able to learn from mistakes to develop and refine ideas must be present;

* be creative with our projects. See the possibilities for enterprise within our curriculum to add purpose to our outcomes;

* ensure the prominence of discussion and talk within our design and evaluate phases;

* ensure that the key aspects of our design and technology curriculum demonstrate progression and appropriate coverage.

I feel this is a fresh start with our new 2020 Mayfield curriculum. I have been working on the coverage and progression with curriculum leaders and this is now complete. I am currently looking at what our new curriculum requires in terms of practical resources and checking the creative outcomes are there for the forthcoming twelve months. 

Our 'Let's Talk at Mayfield' philosophy is perfect for design and technology. You will have seen the position of oracy within our vision and I see the Parent Celebration element as a great way to make sure we have projects that have a real audience that we can present to. Too often 'DT' can miss the chance to show, present and reflect. I would like to see our celebration events embrace our design outcomes.

Our new curriculum is a work in progress but our design and technology curriculum will deliver on our subject aims and our 'valuing every achievement' vision but to do this we must find creative opportunities with real outcomes that is what we are currently trying to shape.

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