A Quality DT lesson at Eastway
- At Eastway lessons are directly linked to the half term/termly topics e.g. Toys in space – making rockets. There should be at least 3 ‘DT projects’ completed in an academic year.
- Teachers plan for DT lessons using the National Curriculum (2014) objectives and teachers are aware of a clear progression of skills that should be taught from Early Years to year 6 and adhered to plan accordingly.
- DT work is evidenced in children’s topic books – dated, learning focus and marked in the lesson. Photographic evidence is the best way to evidence children’s learning in DT.
In these lessons you should see:
- Try something new
. Spend some time exploring something new i.e. Levers in Year 1 can explore with Meccano first.
- Demonstrate new skills
Modelling how to hold equipment safely is essential. Use existing products to inspire pupils and to support their investigation. Through this ensure you use an increase technical vocabulary when talking or writing about the DT product.
- Offer pupils choice
The perfect DT lesson allows pupils to make choices and produce diverse outcomes and not identical ones. Encourage them to make decisions about the scale on which they work etc
- Encourage pupils to express themselves
Having had opportunities to make some decisions about the way their work will look, pupils will be much better placed to create pieces with individuality and originality. Although they can use examples to develop their own ideas, do not limit them to only copying.
- Give pupils time to experiment
Ensure there is sufficient time experiment. Try to give pupils time to explore and experiment with ideas and techniques without the pressure of having to create a specific, ‘finished’ piece.
- Develop technical competence
Pupils should develop skills applying measurement, using tools and components with increasing accuracy to safely make well finished products
- Encourage pupils to talk about their work
Allocate time at the end of some DT lesson for feedback.
The DT lesson cycle:
- 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.