Design Technology at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child. With Britain leading Europe in terms of technology investment (£28 billion since 2011) and with the fashion industry worth around £32 billion a year to our economy, a solid foundation in this subject is paramount, not only to the UK, but to our pupils as the next generation. We aim to provide potential pathways for our children’s way forward in the world, regardless of personal circumstance. In Design Technology, we relish shaping the manufacturers and entrepreneurs of the future! We ignite pupils’ curiosity and fascination with the design and development, construction and evaluation of products undertaken by themselves and ones in the wider world.
We encourage our students to think, act and speak like those working in this field would: to research thoroughly, to weigh-up evidence, to understand what a need for a product is, to evaluate interpretations and develop arguments. Our DT curriculum provides opportunities additional to the National Curriculum endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure in DT lessons to life skills such as innovation and entrepreneurship, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.
Through sequences of lessons and topics, pupils’ design, construction and evaluative skills are built, reinforced, and transferred into other contexts, allowing children to deepen their understanding and remember what they learn.
These key Design Technology skills and concepts are:
Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think, speak and act like a designer, a constructor and evaluator, and they value the transference of these skills into their every day life, in education and beyond.