What DT looks like at Shaw Ridge School
What a DT lesson can look like in our school:
- DT can be taught discreetly or through a cross-curricular approach
- Evidence of DT can be seen on display, in books and in sketchbooks
- Opportunities to inspire children’s curiosity about DT
- A well planned ‘Progression of Skills’ to enable the children to work on and develop new skills in each Year.
- Opportunity is given to edit and improve DT designs
This is how it works:
- Each term, every child creates a minimum of one piece of DT work either via a cross curricular approach or as a discrete skill
- Work is updated and displayed in classrooms throughout the year.
- Collaborative work in each year group for topic/any subject is produced
- Collaborative school projects throughout the year.
This is our philosophy:
- High quality modelling and scaffolding of the skill leading to high quality DT work.
- Cross-curricular links wherever possible
- Encourage children to show resilience and perseverance
This is what we do:
- We follow a progressive skills curriculum that develops key themes: designing, making, evaluating, technical knowledge, cooking and nutrition.
- The skills are covered through cross curricular work that will enable the children to develop and use that skill.
- Lessons may be taught discreetly or as a block of lessons. Links with other areas of the curriculum are embraced to provide a more meaningful learning experience
- Raised profile of DT work through the use of displays to showcase work.
- Open Evening provides opportunities for parental involvement to showcase DT projects.
This is what you might typically see:
- Enthusiastic, engaged learners who are willing to share their work
- Independent and collaborative work
- Vivid, inspiring displays of work
- Range of challenges/differentiation to meet needs of all children
- Reflective learners who are willing to improve
- Engagement, perseverance and resilience
This is how we know how well our pupils are doing:
- Different forms of feedback
- Observations of children during lessons
- Photographic/video evidence
- Targeted use of TAs
This is the impact of teaching:
- Confident children who can talk about DT
- Children who are prepared to take risks and develop their attitude towards DT
- Children who enjoy DT lessons