At Eastway, we aim for our DT curriculum to be:
- Well Designed and Delivered, fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum. We lay the foundations needed for successful learning through the robust delivery of our Easter Matters Early Years Curriculum which is tailored to pupil's needs
- Knowledge-Rich so that children build deep knowledge in DT that they return to and build upon as they move through school
- Closing the Gap: we carefully check children have the prior learning they need to be successful in a lesson and take action to support them fill any gaps they may have. We also check how well they are acquiring new knowledge in the lesson to adapt the lesson to their needs and provide additional support or challenge for children who need so that all children achieve our ambitious learning focus.
- Bring Learning to Life as children have real-life experiences of DT in their world
- Develop children as active, independent learners who are Ready, Respectful, Responsible
- Love learning about DT!
In each unit of work, children work through the following process:
- Exploring - explore skills and techniques. Introduce ‘product’ project.
- Designing – pupils record what they want their product to look like, what they will need, how they will create it
- Making – pupils are provided with resources required to make their design
- Evaluating – pupils will evaluate what went well and what didn’t’ they will reflect on what they liked and didn’t like. In key stage 1 they will evaluate against their brief and gather feedback from peers also.
In our DT lessons at Eastway, you will see:
- Children learning new skills, with adults modelling how to use equipment safely is essential
- Children being taught technical vocabulary to use when talking or writing about the DT product
- Children making choices and creating pieces with individuality and originality. Children may use examples to develop their own ideas, but are not limited to copying
- Children given time to explore and experiment with ideas and techniques without the pressure of having to create a specific, ‘finished’ piece.
- Children encouraged to work with increasing accuracy when measuring and working with tools