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What is DT?

Design and technology is a school subject that explores designing and making products that solve problems, and then evaluating how successful the results are.


DT at Phillimore

At our school we intend that children should master Design and Technology to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Design and Technology and make use of design and technology effectively in their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Design and Technology in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of design and concepts of technology in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use design and technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.

We follow a broad and balanced Design and Technology curriculum called Kapow that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. Kapow ensures a progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Design and Technology curriculum.

All classes will alternate Design and Technology lessons each half term with Art. Children’s work and pictures of their work will be stored in their blue spiral bound book for reference and assessment.

We want to ensure that Design and Technology is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using design and technology are always taken.

Our children enjoy and value Design and Technology and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Design and Technology in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.

Progress in Design and Technology is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Design and Technology assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through:

•             Looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge

•             Observing how they perform in lessons

•             Talking to them about what they know

The Design and Technology curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.


National curriculum and Essentials curriculum links

Subject progression Document

A copy of the schools DT progression document can be viewed in school due to copyright reasons.

Food and Nutrition at Phillimore

Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Food and Nutrition form part of the Design and Technology National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2 and are taught together within the wider curriculum offered at Phillimore. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to discuss healthy food (including portion size and food types) and prepare simple recipes using a range of basic equipment and skills. They are also taught to understand the importance of basic food hygiene and safety.

In Key Stage 2, we offer lessons dedicated to teaching children about preparing and cooking predominantly savoury snacks and meals. We ensure our schemes of work have strong cross curricular links to ensure skills such as measures in Maths and persuasive writing in Literacy for example, have a real life purpose. Progression is built in so that skills are developed over time and children become proficient in and understand the purpose of food hygiene and safety, knife skills and use of a range of equipment and ingredients.

We invite visitors in to work with our pupils such as Warburtons (bakers), WhyWeight (nutritionists and physical activity practitioners) and professional chefs. We run an annual food week and invite parents and carers in, to encourage children to become more aware of how making healthy choices now will affect their future health. 

Y3s: work in groups of 8 on a four weekly cycle throughout the year making from scratch to try or take home, a variety of healthy drinks, snacks, scones, pizzas, bread and flapjacks.

Y4s: previously accessed an annual 8 week programme run by WhyWeight in conjunction with Sheffield City Council. Professional trainers guide pupils through an exercise and nutrition programme. This programme is no longer on offer to the school due to changes in provider contract. However, Phillimore will be part of the newly formed Eat Smart Sheffield programme during 2019/20 and it is hoped that new resources will be available to expand this area of work for pupils at Phillimore.

Y5: work in groups of 6 receiving at least 6 hours of tuition working on more complex skills to produce a variety of healthy, well balanced meals to take home and try with their family.

Y6: a weekly after school cooking club to reinforce the interest and skills learnt in the curriculum.