Design & Technology
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY LEADER
'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
OUR SCHOOL VISION & INTENT
'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, ability to bounce back from difficulties, be resilient and be independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This will prepare them 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 and understanding view of the modern wider world. Our children’s speaking, listening, confidence and presentational skills are absolutely paramount to all of this 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’.
OUR DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY VISION & INTENT
Design and technology offers our children the chance to learn the principle of 'trial and error'. Learning from initial ideas, evaluating them and improving them. It is a fabulous opportunity put resilience and independence into action. 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.
SO OUR LATEST WORK IS.....
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 in order to develop and refine ideas;
* 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.
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 goals and our 'valuing every achievement' vision but to do this we must continue to push those creative opportunities with real outcomes - this is what we are currently trying to shape.