Design and Technology
At Redscope Primary School we believe that Design and Technology is an important aspect of the curriculum because it prepares children to take part in exploring the real world. It encourages creative thinkers and gives the children the opportunity to develop teamwork and problem solving skills.
We aim to use design and technology to develop imaginative thinking in children and enable conversational skills so children can discuss likes and dislikes when designing and making. We enable children to talk about how things work and to draw, model and write about their ideas while thinking about appropriate tools and techniques for making products. We explore the ‘made’ world to ensure skills are learnt so that children can understanding how we live and work within our community.
We base our teaching on the Purpose of Study and the Subject Content outlined in the National Curriculum 2014. This outlines a specific progression throughout the key stages focusing on the same aspects but developing them further. The four main areas of the design and technology curriculum are; Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge.
At Redscope Primary School design and technology is usually taught using a project based approach. This means that lessons may not be taught weekly, but as a progression over the course of a term. These activities aim to build on prior learning so that children are able to consolidate skills before building on them.
There is no fixed definition of enterprise education however it is viewed by Redscope Primary School to be:
“Enterprise education gives children the opportunity to develop a range of skills, understanding, and attitudes. Such a focus allows children to be more positive, independent, creative, confident people within the school and to become informed, proactive, responsible citizens in the wider world.”
It links to all areas of learning and is continually addressed throughout the school day.
There are three capabilities that make up enterprise education.
Enterprise capability – the ability to ‘be innovative, to be creative, to take risks and to manage them, to have a can-do attitude and the drive to make ideas happen.’
Financial capability – is the ability to ‘manage one’s own finances and to become questioning and informed consumers of financial services.
Economic and business understanding – is the ability to ‘understand the business context and make informed choices between alternative uses of scarce resources’.
A Guide to Enterprise Education in schools, DCSF
Through the inclusion of enterprise education in our broad and balanced curriculum, we aim to provide every pupil with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, understanding, values and attitudes which will enable them to become effective lifelong learners who will contribute to society in a positive way.
At Redscope we actively create learning opportunities that make clear links to the enterprise capabilities listed below.
We will plan teaching and learning activities and experiences that enable children to become financially intelligent. Through a range of purposeful activities and experiences children should actively acquire the knowledge and confidence in financial literacy. Teaching and learning activities should able them to demonstrate their ability to manage their own money and that of others in a variety of contexts. For example, fundraising, planning and managing budgets and understanding the value of money.