Design and Technology Curriculum Statement

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Pupils at Cherry Orchard Academy  progress through learning, with the ability to be able to think, express and problem solve, creatively. Using the TT education cycle, that consists of learning through, experiencing, playing, using, developing and connecting with the topic of learning, we are able to ensure a full rounded experience of learning, for our children. Ensuring that all of our learners are able to grasp key vocabulary and link it to their learning is key, which is why we have our learning journey displayed in class, so that learners are able to make connections, not only with the key vocabulary taught, but how their learning links together. Through our use of the IB curriculum, and progression of skills throughout the key stages, our children are enabled with the knowledge and skills, to be able to develop further, as they prepare for life beyond Cherry Orchard Primary Academy.

Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

Design and technology is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high quality Design and Technology curriculum; through well planned and resourced projects and experiences.

Design and Technology also embeds our Cherry Orchard PYP Learning profiles. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, requiring creativity, resourcefulness, and imagination. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. It is very cross – curricular and draws upon subject knowledge and skills within Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art. Children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient. Through the evaluation of past and present technology they can reflect upon the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world.

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We ensure the impact of our learning is monitored, and use a variety of ways to assess, and reflect with our learners. To monitor development, and learning subject leaders, assess books and monitor progress that is being made. At Cherry Orchard Primary, we also use milestone tasks, as a benchmark, to assess and see what they have learnt about their topic throughout the term,as well as monitoring of the learning journeys being displayed in class, and importantly monitoring students engagement with their topic of learning. Lastly, using our pupil voice, is a way to allow our learners to be heard, and to allow space for development from them, as well as making sure that their knowledge has been secured. With these techniques in place, learners should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of their world globally.