Design Technology

Engaging, exciting and empowering lifelong learners through a creative, mastery-based curriculum

Our curriculum is centred around developing the whole child: from their head, to their heart, to their hand.

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The characteristics of a designer at East Farleigh Primary:

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.

  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.

  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.

  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.

  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.

  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.

  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.

  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.

  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

Curriculum Ambition: Design Technology

At East Farleigh Primary School our intent is to engage the head, excite the heart and empower the hand in all that we do. We intend to deliver outstanding teaching of Design & Technology across all year groups, to do this we will have creative topics rich with learning opportunities both practical and mental, experiences that spark the interest of our pupils and topics that can be cross curricular, therefore able to embed pupil’s knowledge and skills to a mastery level and create lifelong lovers of learning.

Curriculum Design: Design Technology

The curriculum at East Farleigh Primary school has been carefully designed and planned by our teachers to provide opportunities for all children to be their best. We strive to provide a curriculum that is exciting, engaging and purposeful yet tailored to our pupils' interests and needs. Our curriculum is humanity rich and supports an understanding of British values with a heavy focus on cultural capital. We believe that it is of huge importance that the children experience their learning first hand so staff endeavour to make each topic and area of learning based on tangible experiences, whilst following an adapted National Curriculum. The design of our curriculum is further aided by the use of … which is designed to develop deeper thinking skills and is supported by a set of subject specific knowledge and key skills.

Curriculum Concepts: Design Technology

Master practical skills

  • developing the skills needed to make high quality products

Design, make, evaluate and improve

  • Developing the process of deep thinking and seeing design as a process

Take inspiration from design throughout history

  • Appreciating the design process the has influenced the products we use in everyday life

Meeting Milestones: Design Technology

As part of our curriculum philosophy, built on around the concept of mastery and learning being a change to long-term memory, it is impossible to see impact in the short term. We do, however, use assessment based on deliberate practice. This means that we look at the practices taking place to determine whether they are appropriate, related to our goals and likely to produce results in the long run. We use comparative judgement in two ways: in the tasks we set (POP tasks) and in comparing a child's work over time. We also use lesson observations to see if the pedagogical style matches our depth expectations.

Pupil Voice

Future Aspirations

As a designer, you could become a:

  • civil engineer

  • automotive engineer

  • theme park designer

  • architect