Design and Technology
At Redscope Primary School our design and technology curriculum aims to develop children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials including food. It encourages children to develop a variety of skills including problem solving, creativity and resilience as an independent learner and as part of a team.
Our curriculum aims to help children identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. In turn, this allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, its uses and its impact.
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.
As outlined in the National Curriculum document we follow a ‘design, make, evaluate’ approach to teaching the subject and aim to incorporate our learning in with our topics where appropriate. Each year group undertakes design and technology inspired topics that draw together all the skills and progression from the curriculum.
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.