In March 2022 our school will amalgamate with Cubitt Town Junior School to become Cubitt Town Primary School. Our curriculum has therefore been designed to be the starting point of the children's learning journey throughout their primary school years, and the knowledge that the children acquire in our units is revisited, recapped and expanded in the curriculum over Years 3 to 6. Click here to see the intent statement and Design & Technology curriculum for these years.
At Cubitt Town Junior School, we aim to develop a love and understanding of the multi-faceted areas of learning provided within design and technology, as well as equip our children with the skills to meet the ever-changing needs of the 21st Century. Design and technology is focussed on both the practical and theoretical understanding of the topic areas. These are assessed both during lessons and in a summative project based assessment. A project is planned for each half term and includes areas of learning such as food, textiles, mechanical, electrical, construction and exploring materials for purpose. Each of these projects is broken down into five sections, which should exist in a cyclical process: planning/researching, designing, producing, evaluating and improving.
Lesson objectives are taken from the National Curriculum and progression of the learning is carefully mapped out so that each year builds on the skills and knowledge of previous years. Lessons are designed so that children become adept at theoretical thinking, practical skills and concluding/improving their products.
Oracy is used throughout design and technology to better understand purpose and overcome hurdles. The children are encouraged to discuss, share and build upon their understanding before starting work on the practical element. Oracy is also vital for problem solving and skill sharing to ensure the best possible learning.
We have been learning about the Great Fire of London - when and how it started and why it spread so quickly. In DT we designed and built houses to recreate London in 1666 and we started our own fire in the city! We watched the fire spread and discussed the reasons for this. After the fire was finally put out we looked at how much of our London had been destroyed - we were shocked that it was almost the entire city.
We then evaluated our designs and identified how we could improve them to make the city more fire proof. We talked about some different materials we could use, and how we would change our design. We agreed that we would use more stone in our buildings, and we would build them further apart, so a fire would not spread as quickly as it did in 1666.