Design and Technology at Hensall Community Primary School
DT is a central part of our curriculum and is greatly enjoyed by most children at school.
At Hensall Community Primary School, we aim for DT to help prepare children for the world around them by encouraging them to become creative problem solvers and by developing practical life skills. We always put safety as a top priority when teaching DT. We use a cyclical approach : we evaluate existing products and ask questions about them; then we plan /design our own products; then we make the products; and finally we evaluate these against the initial criteria. Each DT project has a real-life focus - designing something for a specific purpose. We aim for our children to be inspired and become the next innovators of the world!
DT is usually taught as part of a wider theme or topic and we try hard to make positive links particularly to Science, ICT and Maths. Each project has a real life focus. Our cyclical approach of evaluating existing products, planning, making and then evaluating new products allows for the revision of ideas to become part of good practice and ultimately helps to deepen children's understanding. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lessons help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. Key vocabulary is included in displays.
Please click below to see our 2021-22 whole school DT overview.
The learning environment across the school will be more consistent with design and technology technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. Whole-school and parental engagement will be improved through the use of design and technology-specific home learning tasks and opportunities suggested for wider learning. We want to ensure that Design and Technology is loved by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future. Impact can also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, child-led assessment such as success criteria grids and KWL grids and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.
Here's what some of our pupils think about DT at Hensall:
"I loved making something new out of recycled materials." ( Andorra)
"I've still got my bird feeder." ( Bryce)