Design and Technology (DT) is a foundation subject in the primary National Curriculum. DT is the activity by which children develop their research, problem-solving, teamwork and creative thinking skills. It is a vital part of pupils’ learning at Alexander McLeod Primary School because it equips our children with an extensive range of practical skills. In addition, it is the first step of many potential future careers in the construction, fashion and design industries. There are significant links between Design and Technology and many other areas of the curriculum, which provides opportunities for children to connect different learning experiences and therefore make better sense of a wide range of concepts.
The teachers plan based on the National Curriculum objectives for Art and Design, taking into account the children’s prior learning in other areas of the school. On long term plans, teaching teams outline which units will be taught throughout the academic year and when, making links where possible to other areas of the curriculum in order to make their DT learning as contextualised and meaningful as possible. The next step in the planning process is medium term planning, where teachers plan sequences of lessons and make considerations about differentiation. Teachers plan these lessons using the following planning model: