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:
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.