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Diamond Wood Community Academy

Design & Technology

At Diamond Wood Community Academy our aim is for Design and Technology to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. It requires children to be active learners with the confidence to ‘have a go,’ and the resilience to persist with a project when challenges occur.


In DT, we provide opportunities for each child, in each topic, to design, make and evaluate their final product.  Design and Technology also includes the designing, making and evaluating of different foods.


At Diamond Wood Academy the Design and Technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems.  It can improve critical analysis, problem solving and practical capability and evaluation skills.  We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other subject areas such as Maths, Science and Art thereby enabling pupils to notice connections and patterns in their learning.


Through Design and Technology children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.  High quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture and well-being of the nation.



Design & Technology Position Statement


At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our Design and Technology curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two.


All teaching staff and educational teaching assistants in school will be working hard over the year to develop their own subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will develop their understanding of the EYFS: Exploring and Using Media and Materials. They will understand how these areas of learning form firm foundations for D&T as children progress into Key Stage One.


Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum.


We have swiftly identified the gaps created in children’s D&T knowledge and understanding due to COVID-19 school closures. The topics covered this year aim to address any lost learning whilst still challenging children and exposing them to age related learning expectations.


As a school and as a subject, we are working hard to ensure our children receive a rich and varied exposure to key vocabulary. In order to support this, teachers are now encouraged to use key vocabulary that the children will be focusing on during D&T lessons.   


We will also be aiming to relaunch and reopen our new Food Technology and Art studio as soon as possible to provide children with an enriched curriculum with first hand experiences at the heart of all learning.