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Design and Technology at Dudley Wood helps to prepare our children for the developing world by nurturing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made. Pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. It encourages children to use a range of materials and processes to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of Design and technology at Dudley Wood, pupils are prepared to function in their wider world by becoming discriminating and informed consumers, as well as tomorrow’s potential innovators.
Throughout the Design and Technology curriculum, the children will be tasked with a variety of projects that are rooted in real-world problems and challenges. With projects ranging from classroom dilemmas to community support, from national energy saving to international plastic crisis, the pupils will develop skills and fundamental design knowledge to help solve a range of problems. Using the repeated pattern of RESEARCH - PRACTISE - DESIGN - MAKE - EVALUATE the children will work through a spiral curriculum that builds on knowledge and skills.
By the end of their journey in DT pupils will:
The impact of the Design and Technology curriculum will be measured by looking at the learning outcomes against the learning objectives. The children's designs and products will be assessed for their aesthetic features as well as their functionality. The children's knowledge and understanding will be assessed through pupil voice.
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