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Design & Technology

Curriculum Leader: Miss Gabrielle Gray

Intent: At Pilgrim Academy, we believe that design & technology stimulates creativity and inventiveness. We trust that design and technology gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to design, make and evaluate products fit for purpose. Design and technology is not only about new inventions, but also about appreciating designers and inventors throughout history. Our lessons inspire children's creativity in all areas by developing their drawing, manufacturing, selection of materials and design skills through cross curricular activities, as well as being able to critically evaluate their own and other people’s work.

What approach do we take to teaching Design & Technology? Design & Technology is taught through a thematic approach. For example, the theme topic may focus on Life in Ancient Greece; Around the World in 80 Days; The Animal Kingdom, amongst many other areas. Our medium-term plans then identify the following, where staff will ensure coverage and skills across the curriculum subject areas, including Design & Technology – however, there may be some areas that are taught as separate units or where there is extensive coverage given to an aspect of the curriculum:

  • Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?
  • Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?
  • Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop literacy and numeracy skills?
  • Intent: Cross-Curricular links: Which curriculum areas will be covered during this theme, developing cross-curriculum knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?
  • Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our thematic planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

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Pilgrim Academy Principal

Andrew Clark BA.