At Callowell, our curriculum is designed to developing independence and resilience in our learners whilst improving their oracy skills. We provide our learners with a wide range of experiences and activities to broaden their cultural development beyond their own community and promote inclusion.

In Design and Technology, our aims are to ensure all of our pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Our DT Units have six components:

1) Context - Giving the children the understanding of the importance of the product and looking at significant examples from History or around the world.

2) Exploration - Learning and applying the skills that will be important in the making of the final product. by making a simple version or prototype.

3) Evaluation - Reflecting on what worked well and what needs to be improved from the intial make.

4) Design - Creating a plan to work from with a clear idea of how to measure success.

5) Make - Over the course of their time at Callowell, the children get repeated opportunities to apply skills in a range of subject areas.

6) Evaluation - Reflecting on how successful the final piece is against the established success criteria and how they DT knowledge has benefitted from the work they have undertaken.

Starting in Pre-school, all our children have the opportunity to experiment with DT skills through construction and food activities in both adult-led and unstructured free choice tasks.