At Monkston, our DT curriculum inspires pupils to be creative and practical and to help them solve real and relevant problems.
In both key stages, pupils learn key DT skills. They design, make, evaluate and apply technical knowledge in a range of relevant contexts, such as the home, school, leisure, culture and the wider environment. Pupils embark on projects which allow them to use a variety of different tools and materials to create imaginative and interesting products. These skills progress and develop for each learner as they move through each key stage. Skills are revisited and developed within different projects covered.
Our DT curriculum has a strong emphasis on cookery, so pupils across the school work with food in a variety of ways to create healthy meals and learn key life skills.
We aim to instil and develop children’s moral compass during DT at Monkston. Pupils are taught to be considerate learners when choosing and using recourses. Each pupil works alongside their peers to share equipment and materials with mutual respect. When evaluating their own and others’ products, learners are taught to have tolerance for ideas and opinions that are not their own. At Monkston, children are encouraged to respond to and act on feedback thoughtfully when evaluating.
At Monkston, each learner is educated to understand and consider the environmental issues when assessing existing products and choosing a target market. Selected projects enable children to be taught about the impact certain materials have on our environment and the positive effect they can have when being designers, constructers and evaluators.
Our DT curriculum endeavours to develop characteristics within each pupil to become effective learners. Within each project, children will develop their inquisitive skills by researching, evaluating and exploiting existing products, before applying this knowledge to design their own. There is a large focus on resilience within the DT curriculum at Monkston. Children are encouraged to persevere when they are learning and practising new skills. They are taught to overcome difficulties when constructing and assembling. Within each DT project, learners will acquire characteristics to be resourceful learners. To complete their products at each stage of skill development, children will be required to adapt their intentions and initial designs to reach a successful