DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY POLICY
EASTLANDS JUNIOR SCHOOL,
What is design and technology?
DT should help prepare children to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.
Children learn to think, and change their work creatively, to improve quality of life.
DT calls for children to become creative problem solvers, as individuals and within a team.
DT products observed and designed, must have a clear purpose. By doing so the children will be able to evaluate their product more effectively
The children will be taught:
a range of skills, and be able to develop their skills, throughout the key stage
to develop an appreciation of their own designs, and the art of others
to experience work in 2D and 3D dimensions
to use different tools correctly and with care
to use different materials economically
to evaluate their activity or finished piece of work confidently
Design and Technology and the National Curriculum.
Design and technology is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum framework. The knowledge, skills and understanding are laid down in the programme of study (see page 141 – 143)
Strategies for the teaching of DT
Organisation of the DT Curriculum.
The design technology curriculum is organised into two yearly cycles for lower juniors and upper juniors. Over the cycles a variety of design technology skills are covered. Ideas for design technology activities are linked to the topic theme, with a particular link to the scientific, geographical and historical aspects of the curriculum for the term, and suggestions are on the over view planning appendix. (see over view planning appendix)
When planning design technology work, teachers link the ideas to the topic covered and plan an appropriate amount of time within the topic curriculum.
All children can experience a response to design technology. They can appreciate and respect other people’s thoughts about the work, commenting sensitively on the work of others.
All staff takes into account the reading and language abilities of the pupils and set differentiated work according to the child’s needs.
Teaching of Design and Technology
The class teacher teaches children design and technology there is no specialist teaching of design and technology.
Children work individually, in co- operative groups and as a class as appropriate. The groups are usually mixed ability and discussion is encouraged.
Children are encouraged to present their work in a variety of ways, e.g. sketches, models, wall displays etc.
Pupils with special needs are able to develop confidence and express their feelings in design technology, as it is a subject that does not depend on academic ability. They can often have opportunities to excel.
Pupils with a particular flair and ability may work more quickly through activities and advance their techniques in design and technology work.
The skills of design and technology are specifically taught prior to the children developing their work individually or in small groups.
Resources are made available and accessible. They are regularly reviewed.
Strategies for Ensuring Progression and Continuity.
Design and technology is part of the foundation curriculum, the coverage of which has planned for by the staff.
The design and technology is organised throughout the school on a two year cycle for lower and upper juniors
Schemes of work for design and technology is taken from the NC and QCA documents
Medium term planning, for design and technology within the creative curriculum, is undertaken by year group staff and is developed onto medium term planning grids.
Use of the DT skills ladder ensures teachers plan for progression and continuity.
Staff evaluate each design and technology session as an ongoing process.
Completed copies of termly planning and evaluations are handed to the coordinator for monitoring purposes.
Role of the design and technology co-ordinator.
To take the lead in policy development, production of schemes of work, monitoring of the delivery of the design technology curriculum to ensure progression and continuity of design and technology teaching and learning throughout the school.
To undertake work analysis monitoring the delivery of the design and technology content.
To support colleagues with advice and suggestions.
To monitor progress in design and technology.
To take responsibility for purchase and organisation of central resources for design and technology.
To keep up to date with developments in design and technology education and disseminate information to colleagues as appropriate.
To advise the head teacher of concerns or actions to be taken following the monitoring of planning and work analysis.
Feedback to Children and Parents.
Comment on a child’s work, with the aim of helping and encouraging the child to learn, with positive and constructive comments.
Discuss work with the child whilst they are carrying out a task, giving them time and opportunity to reflect upon their work and progress. Set the child a target to work to during their design technology sessions.
Be sensitive and use discretion when commenting on a child’s design and technology work.
Reporting to parents is done on a termly basis with parent interviews and with an annual written report. This focuses on the child’s design and technology work and their knowledge and understanding of design and technology.
Examples of the children’s design and technology work are kept throughout the year in the child’s folder. Photographs may be taken of the skills and final 3D artefact of work undertaken and stored on the network for future reference. Work in sketch books is shown to parents at parent evenings.
Classroom resources include various materials relevant to the scheme of work for an individual teacher’s class.
Central resources include books of ideas are stored in the staff room.
A range of books and encyclopaedias are kept in the library for the children’s use, either in the library or in the classroom.
Central resources including tools etc are stored in trolleys kept on the corridor, or in the DT store room, both of which are kept locked
Central resources are the responsibility of the art co-ordinator who may have a small budget available.
I.C.T. is a resource that can be used in design and technology for drawing and design and for research as appropriate. ICT can also be used in the form of control and simulation programs to make mechanisms move.
Health and Safety.
Safe use of equipment and materials
Appropriate storage of tools and materials
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