Design and Technology

Our Curriculum Intent at Corsham Regis is embedded through developing Design and Technology skills through termly topics to develop a secure understanding and enjoyment.

How to communicate using appropriate vocabulary

Children are encouraged to produce practical and creative solutions to real problems, through the investigation of technical understanding, design methods and making skills. We encourage them to record their ideas and become more discriminating in their choice of materials and attention to detail and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms, using the sentence stems to develop their use of language.

About Corsham and the local area

Where possible, teachers embed the children’s learning through the different cross curricular topics. Examples include, creating Roman catapults using different pulley systems-linking with Bath and linking food technology to Geography topics.  Children will learn to cook a variety of healthy sweet and savoury dishes as well as developing an understanding of where the food they consume comes from and the seasonality of fruit and vegetables in Great Britain. Links are made with reading, writing and maths where possible to further develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Through experience inside and beyond the classroom

We encourage them to investigate their environment and materials around them to equip them for living and working in a technical world. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Every term a profound learning opportunity, linked to the topic they are learning about, is planned for the children.

New knowledge and understanding appropriate to their age

The children are taught the National Curriculum for each year group with the Chris Quigley Milestones linking to their topic. This is split over a two year rolling program to ensure coverage and gives the children the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills. As a school we will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.  Children are encouraged to critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others.

How to keep themselves safe

When using the internet as a resource to communicate, research and present Design and Technology content, children are encouraged to search safely and use child friendly sites such as Swiggle. Activities are risk assessed and children are taught how to engage in activities safely.