Design & Technology
Our school is aligned with the National Curriculum and the ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ for the direction and teaching of Design and Technology. We aim to create a knowledge rich curriculum which will develop the children’s skills to design and make products within a variety of contexts. Children draw on other areas of the curriculum, such as mathematics, to make products. We encourage the children to take risks and value mistakes to see them as an opportunity to improve. We intend our curriculum to ignite the children’s passion to reflect on how D&T contributes to the world around us and build on their prior learning.
Our school will implement a clear and comprehensive progression of knowledge as outlined in the National Curriculum whilst also ensuring the children develop an awareness of supporting key language as they progress through the school. Planning and delivery is supported with resources from Plan Bee. In Early Years, D&T is taught through Expressive Art and Design through child initiated and adult led sessions. Knowledge is developed throughout the year and linked to learning across the curriculum. From Year 1 upwards, Design and Technology is taught in blocks which enable children to focus on a project. We link these projects with our key texts, as well as prior learning, to create a purpose for the build. The coherent progression of knowledge is built upon and revisited throughout the school and this enables children to develop a mastery approach to D&T.
Children develop a positive attitude towards D&T throughout their time at BSL. Through the carefully structured BSL curriculum and high quality teaching, our children move from novice to expert building on their vertical knowledge. We promote creativity, achievement and enable children to be successful learners through practical opportunities and experiences. As designers, children are encouraged to be resilient and persevere as they evaluate and improve their own work. We value the child’s voice through reflection of learning and feedback to help them develop and progress further. Children develop skills and qualities they can use beyond BSL and into adulthood.