Design and Technology

Art and Design
Mrs Garforth

Our Vision for Design and Technology

Our vision is for all pupils to be engaged and inspired by
design and technology and to learn the skills to enable them
to design, create and evaluate their own works of craft and design.

At Hopton we want our children to master the design and technology curriculum to such an extent that not only can they make full and effective use of design and technology in their everyday lives, they can pursue careers in this area.  We want our pupils to understand the role design and technology plays in their everyday lives and to demonstrate this through finding creative solutions to practical problems. We want our pupils to develop the confidence to take risks through drafting design concepts, modelling and testing, to become reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. Our design and technology curriculum has been designed to offer chances, widen horizons and break down barriers to learning. Our pupils are likely to have had limited access to design and technology and have a narrower understanding of the world. Therefore our curriculum aims to bring the subject alive in the classroom by using resources that are inspired by real life problems posed through other areas of learning, for example exploring wheels and axels before designing and creating a moving vehicle.

Our Aims for Design and Technology

The aims of Design and Technology are to enable pupils to:

  • Make their own design choices and decisions, so that their outcomes reflect individual learning and experiences
  • Engage in practical lessons that encourage experimental and exploratory learning.
  • Understand the importance of a clear design criteria to the likely success of a project
  • Evaluate and analyse designs and physical creations works using subject specific language
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Design and Technology

The basis of our curriculum, following the Kapow Primary scheme of learning, is inspired by our school vision and ethos of #CARE, compassion, aspiration, respect and equality/equity. 

This offers a clear programme of study and enables pupils to meet the National Curriculum end of key stage attainment targets. The scheme gives pupils the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions to create designs, so that their design and technology outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.