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Design and Technology (DT)

At St James, the DT scheme of work aims to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. We aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.

The National Curriculum organises the DT attainment targets under five subheadings or strands: Design, Make, Evaluate, Technical Knowledge and Cooking and Nutrition. Kapow Primary’s Design and Technology scheme has a clear progression of skills and knowledge within these five strands across each year group.

At our school, we cover 6 main DT units: cooking and nutrition, mechanisms/mechanical systems, structures, textiles, electrical systems and the digital world. The scheme involves key areas that are revisited again and again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.