Design & Technology
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY LEADER
'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
OUR CORE SCHOOL INTENT...IMPLEMENTED THROUGH OUT D.T. 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 GOALS & LATEST WORK ARE.....
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 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.
You will have seen the position of oracy within our school intent 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.