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Our Vision for Design and technology (DT)

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea"
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
 

At St. Peter’s Church of England Junior School, we strive to equip our children with a breadth of skills, knowledge and values that will enable them to ‘learn for life’.  We believe in providing a design and technology curriculum that offers an inspiring, stimulating and challenging experience, supporting all children to thrive and adapt in an ever changing world.  


As a school in the heart of Farnborough, the hub of aviation, we pride ourselves in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities readily available to our children.  We aim to foster opportunities for our children to meet and engage with designers and technology from the real world, supported by STEM activities led throughout the school year.  
 

Life in all Fullness through Design and Technology

As we strive to enable ‘life in all its fullness’ for all members of our local and global community, we value design and technology as an ‘inspiring, rigorous and practical subject’ (national curriculum) that supports and enhances lifelong learning.  


As they design, make and evaluate prototypes and products for a wide range of users, we believe that design and technology equips our children to ‘learn for life’ by:

  • Sparking creativity, innovation and imagination 
  • Developing consideration of needs, wants and values 
  • Promoting skills of collaboration, problem-solving and decision making
  • Encouraging resourcefulness, risk taking, reflection and resilience
  • Responding to real life contexts and relevant issues, both locally and globally
  • Instilling a love of cooking and an understanding of healthy eating


"High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the

creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation"
(National Curriculum)
 

Our aims in design and technology

As stated in the National Curriculum for design and technology, we aim for all of our pupils to be able to

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world 
  • 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.

 

Skills and Values

We strive to embed our values in all areas of school life, promoting them as a guide for flourishing in life and learning.

 

As engineers, chefs and designers we ‘learn to live’ by:

 

COLLABORATING together to design, make and evaluate products for a purpose

 

Taking RESPONSIBILITY when using a range of tools, equipment and materials

 

Responding to the TRUTH of local and global needs, including sustainability and good health

 

Showing RESPECT when considering different ideas and viewpoints to improve our work

 

SERVING our community with imaginative designs and creative products, relevant to the brief

 

CELEBRATING the work of great designers, engineers and chefs, taking inspiration from their work.

 

 

Design and Technology Learning Journey

There are three core activities children engage with in design and technology:

  • Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products
  • Focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills
  • Designing and making activities in which children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'


Please click on the document below for further information about our design and technology curriculum.

Subject Lead: Mrs Burgess

Subject Governor: Rhian Visram

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