DT at Bewick Bridge
The aim of DT lessons in Bewick Bridge is to provide children with a real life context for learning. The intent is to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world . We aim to offer a structure and sequence of units to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. This will also ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
DT lessons enable children to aspire through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Through the DT curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
At Bewick Bridge Community Primary School, we plan our DT based on the Kapow scheme of work, as a whole school approach. The whole school overview ensures that there is progression throughout the school and that children are building upon knowledge learnt in previous years. The units are designed so that pupils develop knowledge and understanding of mechanics, mechanical structures, textiles, cooking and nutrition and in KS2 electrical systems and the digital world. We recognise that within classes, there is a wide variety of abilities and Kapow provides suitable learning opportunities that are matched to the needs of all children. In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), DT is linked to the Early Learning Goals.
Teachers use their professional judgment considering the skills and knowledge the children have demonstrated over the course of a unit to assess attainment. Children's attainment is recorded in order to track progression and provide intervention where appropriate. Teachers make use of curriculum journeys in order to help children track their own learning progress. Children are also encouraged to discuss their experiences and feelings. Pupils at the school will be more prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Further information regarding assessment of impact is available in the Assessment Guidance.