About this curriculum

Our curriculum is built on the idea that problem-solving should be a real and relevant endeavor. We move beyond textbook exercises and hypothetical scenarios to engage children in projects that have immediate and tangible implications.

Intent

At Widey Court Primary School, it is our intent for our Design and Technology curriculum to inspire all children, regardless of need or barrier, to use creative and critical thinking to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems. During Design and Technology lessons, pupils will follow a continuous process of Evaluate, Design, Make, Evaluate to help them: critically evaluate existing products, design and produce products, evaluate their own products, while considering the client, purpose and design brief throughout.

Through the evaluation of past and present products, they develop a critical understanding of the impact of the product on daily life and the wider world. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key products and individuals that have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators.

Wherever possible, we link Design and Technology to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. The Design and Technology curriculum is designed to develop a deep body of knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferrable not just throughout their time at Widey but beyond into further education and the world of work. Thy will learn a progressive set of techniques that will support them in this.

Implementation

In our teaching we use an enquiry-based approach through the use of enquiry questions. The key concepts for Design and Technology – design, make and evaluate - are taught through every enquiry question and the specific technical knowledge and skills of cooking and nutrition, textiles, structures, mechanism, electrical systems and computing (KS2) are carefully planned by creating a medium-term plan to ensure coverage, continuity and progress in learning. The curriculum makes use of prior knowledge and revision of ideas to help build a depth to children's understanding, then builds on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. To support pupils to know and remember more, concepts from previous years are referred to and built upon.

Every child, regardless of their barriers to learning, achieve and understand the full Design and Technology curriculum. Technical knowledge and key vocabulary are explicitly identified in each enquiry and this is made clear to the children through our knowledge organisers and use of ROCKS (Remembering Our Curriculum Knowledge and Skills). The revision and introduction of key vocabulary is built into each lesson, with opportunities to repeat and revise this knowledge. Every child has a copy of the Design Make Evaluate model in their books and knowledge organisers containing all learning objectives are shared with parents. Through Design and Technology lessons, we intend to inspire pupils and practitioners to develop a love of Design and Technology and see how it has helped shape the ever-evolving technological world they live in.

Impact

Impact of teaching and learning will be determined through subject monitoring, SLT reviews and teacher assessment of each child’s Design and Technology knowledge at the end of each unit. We will know if we have planned carefully for progress and achievement if children have met their ‘end points’ or age-specific national expectations for pupils at the end of Key Stage 1 and again at the end of Key Stage 2.

We will also know that children are successful if they consistently use Design and Technology technical vocabulary within their learning and through the use of success criteria.. We will know if children have made progress if they can talk confidently about the areas and enquiries they have studied using ROCKS questioning, as well as knowledge organisers. Learning will be successful if it is able to be retrieved from pupil’s long-term memory and be further built upon.

We want to instil a love of Design and Technology by pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future.

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This afternoon was a truly magical experience for the Service children from Years 1 & 2 with a visit from Mildred Tumbleweed!! She was sent by the Elf King to recruit some Elf Apprentices to do kind things in the human world. The session started with a call from the Elf King to make sure that Mildred Tumbleweed was in the right school! The children then had a lovely story, The Elves & The Shoemaker - all about kindness. They then decorated slippers for their loved ones. The Elf Apprentices then made their own potions which all went into a big cauldron to make a spell! With the magic words "Bibbidi bobbidi boo" and their special wands they made a spell strong enough to make a fairy door for the school! To go with the door we also have a special fairy house and a little well for wishes. Thank you so much to Mildred Tumbleweed and for MKC Heroes for this magical afternoon and to Mrs Maiden and Mrs Dawes for organising this session. ⭐️⭐️⭐️MKC Heroes
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Thank you Plymouth Garden Centre Ltd! Our Eco volunteers started gardening tonight with all of your wonderful goodies! Thank you Mrs O’Connor for organising this! ⭐️⭐️
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The EYFS children celebrated National Sunflower Day today where they learnt about the importance of caring for plants. They all came to school wearing something yellow and enjoyed lots of sunflower themed activities! They each planted a sunflower seed and will continue to care for them throughout the rest of the summer term 🌻. We will be creating posters this week to remember what plants need to grow. ☀️ 🌧️ We can't wait to see how tall they get! 🌻
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Our Schools’ Challenge Legends! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️So proud of you all! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️
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All of our Schools’ Challenge runners have made it to the finish line! So proud of their commitment and dedication since January to complete 12 miles! We are looking forward to completing our 13th mile on Sunday! We will see you at 10.30am at our meeting point! Please remember to wear your t-shirt and race number and bring a drink! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️
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PTFA Family Silent Disco Pt2! 🎧🪩⭐️💃 Great moves from the adults!⭐️
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PTFA Family Silent Disco Pt1 is in full swing! 🎧💃🕺🪩⭐️ We are loving the tunes!
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A greeting for Widey Court pupils from some familiar faces if you are an avid Plymouth Argyle fan! ⭐️⚽️
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UPDATE‼️We thought yesterday was great…Today the attendance is 98.3%! Another personal best! ‼️Fantastic! 🎉 We have reached a personal best with our attendance today………97.1% ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well done Team Widey!
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On Friday 26th April, EYFS, Y1, Y2 and Y3 are going to be meeting an author! We are lucky enough to have Sarah Tagholm joining us and doing some activities about her book 'We Are The Wibbly'. If you would like to order a copy of the book at a discounted price, please order through Arbor. The book will then be signed by Sarah on the day. ⭐️
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Please remember to download the Class Dojo App to join your child’s class if you are in Year 1-6! Teachers will be posting messages, photos, videos and you will also see how your child is being rewarded with positive behaviour Dojo points. Any questions, please see your child’s teacher! ⭐️✅ Some examples of messages and photos are shown below! For instructions on how to join, please see the letter that was sent out on Friday 19th April! Let’s get connected! 🤝 For those parents who are already up and running with Class Dojo, we’d love to hear your feedback! Either comment below or email jllewellyn@wideycourt.plymouth.sch.uk Thank you! ⭐️
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22/04/2024 Our phone lines are still causing us issues! If you are unable to contact us using the normal school number, please use the details provided below. 😊
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Lunchtime Playleader Vacancies! 🍽️🥗🍏🌽 For more information and to download an application form, please visit our school website: https://www.wideycourt.plymouth.sch.uk/vacancies/ All applications are to be returned to gdingley@wideycourt.plymouth.sch.uk Please share! 💚
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