At Godfrey Ermen Memorial School our Design and Technology curriculum is implemented through a variety of different projects each year. Through the delivery of the Kapow! units of work our pupils will experience an array of different progressive and linkable skills and techniques. This ensures that pupils are constantly building upon previous learning and are able to expand their knowledge and understanding of problem solving, designing and constructing different products.
Pupils will complete 3 projects a year having one lesson a week or a two to three day block to complete each project so that children are fully immersed in the design-make-evaluate process.
Pupils are provided with a variety of real life products to explore in great detail, expanding their knowledge of how they look and work, allowing children to evaluate products against their target market and purpose. For each project, pupils follow the design-make and evaluate sequence, allowing children time to reflect upon their design and products and think of ways that they could be improved or adapted. Teachers support and model increasingly progressive evaluative skills to enable children to create products of a high-quality throughout school.
Pupils are given a design brief to put the need for the product in context. Where appropriate, teachers ensure that the brief is linked to another area of their learning or has to the children to inspire their imagination and eagerness to create and problem solve. Safety is explained and modelled at the start of and throughout each product including food hygiene instructions.