Calmore Infant School Design Technology intent

At Calmore Infant School, we want to prepare our children to deal with our rapidly shifting world. Through Design and Technology, we will build on skills as the years progress so at end of KS1, they leave with a solid range of basic technical skills and problem-solving that will equip them for an ever-changing society and hope to inspire future careers.

Like the rest of our curriculum, DT learning is challenging and purposeful with a strong focus on self-choice and independence but also teamwork. We provide lots of opportunities for individual choice in the designs and products they make, encouraging creativity not just in design, but also in ways to improve their product. We teach our children to be reflective and the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages. To support them with this, our children are challenged to be resourceful and use already acquired skills, from previous projects. Food nutrition also features strongly across the three year group DT learning journeys to help educate children in making healthy choices for life.

We want our children to be proud of their work and develop a love of design technology so that they move throughout schooling and their futures to tackle projects with confidence.

Calmore Infant School Design Technology implementation

Children will access a DT curriculum with a focus on Design, Make, Evaluate (and Food Nutrition at least once in the year). The progression of skills ensure that these domains are built on year on year and teachers refer and link back to previous learning to support children with this. Learning is driven by the Early Years Curriculum and National Curriculum. In Year R, children will always have access to a ‘DT table’ during Continuous Provision, but will also be taught DT explicitly each term. In Year 1 and Year 2, DT units are taught three times during the academic year.

Calmore Infant School uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. Teachers provide a practical curriculum which involves children taking part in meaningful activities and discussions where they are able to discuss their plans and evaluate their work. Pupils will work individually, in pairs and in group situations.

Our Design and Technology curriculum is purposeful and relevant as it links to the year group’s half-termly focus, i.e. Tudor Houses (Year 2), British Seaside (Year 1) or Moving On (Year R). Children will therefore develop clear ideas of who they are designing and making their products for. Whilst designing and making, they will need to make decisions such as selecting materials, components and techniques. They will decide what their product will look like, how it will work and if it suits the design criteria. As pupils grow in confidence, they will start to experiment with mock-ups and use research to help them make design choices. Further up the school, children will be encouraged to adapt their designs whilst in the making-process as they become more confident in evaluating and decision-making.