At Fittleworth Primary School, the intention of the Design and Technology (D&T) curriculum is to provide a comprehensive, engaging and challenging learning experience that develops pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding of design processes, materials, and tools. The aims and objectives of the curriculum are aligned with the National Curriculum and are rooted in the school's vision for providing a high-quality education that prepares pupils to become creative and innovative problem-solvers with a deep understanding of the world around them.
The D&T curriculum at Fittleworth Primary School is implemented through a variety of carefully selected and sequenced learning opportunities that ensure pupils' progression in knowledge, skills and understanding over time. Teachers plan and deliver a range of practical and theoretical lessons, where pupils engage in the iterative design process, explore different materials, and develop their ability to solve problems innovatively through a range of approaches, including experimenting, testing and refining.
Pupils work individually and in teams to develop sophisticated design and making skills, applying knowledge of programming, electronics and textiles where appropriate. In addition, pupils also learn about the impact of design and technology on society, including sustainability, eco-design, and how to make safe and healthy products. They are given opportunities to study the work of designers and makers from around the world and in different historical periods to develop an appreciation of the importance of design and technology in everyday life.
The impact of the D&T curriculum at Fittleworth Primary School is that pupils develop a deep and lasting understanding of the design and technology process, including the ability to identify, investigate and solve problems, communicate their designs and test and refine their products until they work effectively. Pupils develop curiosity, self-confidence and a sense of purpose, becoming increasingly independent and collaborative learners.
Pupils achieve highly in D&T, showing excellent levels of understanding and proficiency in a range of practical skills and techniques. They are able to use their knowledge and skills effectively in real-world contexts, and have developed the ability to critically evaluate and make informed decisions about design and technology processes and outcomes. Pupils understand the importance of designing and making with respect for the environment, and are confident and responsible users of tools, equipment and materials.
Overall, the impact of our D&T curriculum is that pupils are well-prepared for the next stage of their education and for adult life, equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.