Design and Technology
Our Design and technology curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
At Charlton, we follow the Kapow Design and Technology scheme of work which aims to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others. Through Kapow’s scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage our children to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have skills to contribute to future design advancements.
By using Kapow as our Design and Technology scheme, we are enabling our children to meet the end of key stage attainment targets in the national curriculum. These can be found in individual unit planning and in our progression documents. As part of our school development towards an Artsmark accreditation, Kapow Primary is an Artsmark partner and this will give our school additional support on our Artmark journey, inspiring our children to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture.
The national curriculum organises the design and technology aims into three stages: design, make and evaluate, into five key strands in the Kapow scheme of work. These are:
Kapow’s design and technology scheme has been designed as a spiral curriculum, which means the key aims and principles of the curriculum are revisited each year. The key principles we will be following with the Kapow scheme are:
Other Curriculum Links
Where possible, our Design and Technology curriculum makes links to other subjects without losing sight of learning key skills and knowledge. In the Kapow scheme, the planning for each unit shows our teaching staff how links to other subject national curriculum objectives can be made. The skills our pupils learn through the design, make and evaluate process can also be applied to other areas of learning.