Mrs Mellor and Miss Slater our DT leads, welcome you...
Welcome to the OPA DT Page. Here you will find information about DT at OPA including our subject pathway; detailing the content taught in each year group and the progression of design technology throughout a child’s time at OPA. Design and Technology is taught as part of our Doorways and Pathways curriculum. We follow the National Curriculum programme of study and our DT learning will focus on 3 key areas: Designing, making, evaluating and improving; mastering techniques and taking inspiration from designs throughout history. The practical skills will cover using a wide range of media including food (cooking), materials, textiles, electrical and electronics, computing, construction, and mechanics.
What is Design and Technology?
Design and Technology is the design and creation of a range of products.
In school, we have 3 key concepts in DT. As designers we learn to:
· Master practical skills- by developing the skills needed to make high-quality products
· Design, make, evaluate and improve– by understanding that design is a process
· Take Inspiration from design throughout history— by appreciating how the design process has influenced things we use in everyday life.
At Oxley Park Academy we aim to provide children with a Design and Technology education that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively and independently. We believe that high-quality Design and Technology lessons will inspire children to think independently, and innovatively and develop creative, procedural, and technical understanding. Our Design and Technology curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work as well as those of their peers. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food, and woodwork, using different materials to construct, electricals and electronics, and mechanics; through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary, and resilience.
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