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The Design Technology Subject Leader is: Miss Jenny Burns



Subject Leader Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview

Subject: Design Technology

Subject Leader: Tim Downes


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To build a curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills in Design Technology.

To design a Design Technology curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study.

Enhancement - Education Endowment Fund research indicates that given the complex nature, and limited evidence of impact on attainment of enrichment activities, it is important to think carefully about what you are intending to achieve. It is also important to consider carefully whether such activities should replace curriculum-linked activities, as this might have a negative impact on attainment.

Education Endowment Fund research stresses the importance of developing character / essential life skills in childhood and the association with a range of positive outcomes at school and beyond

School: questionnaires (parents and pupils) indicate that children positively engage in enhancement tasks. Pupils’ written work indicates that clearly planned enhancement activities provide a scaffold for language consolidation.

  • Curriculum - The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
  • Language - The promotion of a language rich Design Technology curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding in Design Technology.
  • 2 Year Cycle - Our curriculum is taught on a two year cycle (Year A and Year B) and within phases (Early Years, Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.)
  • Themes are taught over a term, starting with a launch activity day that ‘hook’ children’s interest. During the theme children will be given a Design Technology challenge for the children to solve either independently or in collaboration with peers. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology.
  • Basic skills -English, Maths and ICT skills are taught during discrete lessons but are revisited in Design Technology so children can apply and embed the skills they have learnt in a purposeful context.
  • Enhancement - We plan that each theme has a visit, visitor and involvement in the community activity to provide first-hand experiences for the children to support and develop their learning. This can be linked to Design Technology (please see Curriculum Enhancement). We recognise that to have impact the planned enhancements must be clearly linked to the Design Technology skills and knowledge to be acquired and provide the opportunity for children to better understand the knowledge and skills or apply what they already know.

All children who are not SEND will reach age related expectations in Design Technology by the end of Year 6, so that children can reach and exceed their potential in Design Technology.


As designers children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.




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