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Holly Mount Roman Catholic Primary School

Nurture, Encourage, Love

DT Curriculum

 

We are Designers & Technologists!

At Holly Mount we are designers and technologists! We want our children to love DT. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be fashion designers, chefs, architects or engineers. The DT curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their DT capital. We want our children to remember their DT lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the design technology opportunities they are presented with.

The Holly Mount Curriculum is cross-curricular and our DT adventures are linked to our RESPECT Missions. We will invent for Dragons’ Den, cook like Bake Off contestants and design and build shelters in Children’s Wood.

 

Our DT curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the DT National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children. 

 

Design Technology subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared. These characteristics underpin all work in DT and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and children. These characteristics are:

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working and passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
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