Chapel Allerton Primary School
The high-quality teaching of design and technology at CAPs empowers our children to step away from being passive learners and gives them ample opportunity to become active participants and agents of the world as they learn to take risks, become resourceful, champion their creativity and imagination and make essential contributions that could improve the human made world.
At CAPs we strive to model, teach, and enable the development of subject specific skills and allow children to speculate and envisage how they can develop, design, and improve the world around them through the medium of design and technology.
At CAPS we follow the Project on A Page scheme which embeds the 6 essential DT principles;
User – who are the products for
Purpose – what tasks the products will perform
Functionality – how the products will work
Design Decisions – the opportunities children have to make choices
Innovation – the scope children have to be original with their thinking
Authenticity – how believable / real the products will be to the children.
These principles ensure consistency and a progression of skills throughout school and enables every unit to be worked through the same clear process.
This scheme links directly to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage and the programme of study states what should be taught in KS1/KS2 DT lessons.
Furthermore, linking with the EYFS under the strand ‘expressive arts and design’ this programme highlights the importance of high-quality DT experiences and activities for children in our Early Years setting.
At CAPs there are three types of activity that shape our DT lessons;
Investigative and Evaluative Activities (IEAs) where children learn from a range of existing products and find out about D&T in the wider world
Focused Tasks (FTs) where they are taught specific technical knowledge, designing skills and making skills
Design, Make and Evaluate Assignment (DMEA) where children create functional products with users and purposes in mind.