Mrs Matthews and Mrs Du Preez our DT leads, welcome you...
Welcome to the Oxley Park Academy 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
Our intention in DT is to teach our children to become creative and innovative thinkers. With an ever-changing world, we aim to provide our pupils with the skills needed to create, design and build a variety of technology-based products. Throughout the school, the pupils will have opportunities to explore products and raise questions related to design and purpose. They will be taught to select appropriate materials and use equipment safely. They will be encouraged to refine and redraft their ideas and become critical in their craftsmanship to meet the needs of design specifications.
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My children enjoy attending each day. They find the work challenging and interesting. They really like the teaching staff and feel supported and have grown in confidence.
Working at Oxley is so special and unique. Everyone is so kind, well-being is at the forefront and our community are a delight. I love my job! (Teacher)
The school missions and values make my son want to be a part of the Academy and try his best. I feel proud that my sons are at Oxley Park and the Nursery and I feel that the changes being made are really positive!
The children are oozing with so much more ‘zest’ since the start of this year, which makes us as parents happier and excited about their future at OPA.
My children love the school! My eldest was quiet, didn’t want to learn, didn’t enjoy school. Now he is settled, has friends and has started to show improvements. My daughter loves her teachers and is extremely enthusiastic.