Design & Technology
At Diamond Wood Community Academy, DT is valued greatly as part of our holistic, bespoke curriculum. The subject is considered a key area of learning and as a school we are proud to currently hold the Silver Artsmark award. We are dedicated to enabling children to explore, design, make and evaluate their DT projects with the aim of supporting them to become independent learners as they progress on their learning journey.
Our school serves a community where 98% of the children have English as an additional language. Language and ‘hands on’, practical experiences are therefore at the heart of all that we do and is an integral part to our teaching of Design and Technology. By the time children leave us at the end of Year 2, we want them to be able to independently and confidently apply the skills they have been taught throughout their time here with us.
We pride ourselves on providing our pupils with as many meaningful experiences as possible during their time with us. Children are introduced to numerous creative experiences each half term and these are progressively built upon each year. There have been many successful topics implemented so far, such as Nursery’s ‘Into the Night’, Reception’s ‘Transport’, Year 1’s, ‘Amazing Animals’ and Year 2’s, ‘Africa’.
As a school we provide many opportunities to enrich our curriculum, exposing children to a wide range of craft, art and design activities. We have strong links with local culture in our area and annually hold a dedicated ‘Art’s week’ where we collaboratively work alongside local artists, dance groups, musicians and performing arts specialists to enable our children to take part in an authentic, quality experience of the ‘Arts’.
We enjoy and encourage the displaying of any design projects around school, showing a diverse range of styles, media and cultures. We also love to use creative artefacts to enhance our learning across the curriculum.
We have chosen to have an Arts Council in school, who help manage and support events in school as well as preparing and delivering assemblies. They also regularly organise and judge creative competitions.
“It’s not just about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen”
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.