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Design and Technology at Hillcrest


Through Design and Technology at Hillcrest, we prepare pupils to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. We encourage pupils to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. The curriculum enables the pupils to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Design and Technology helps all pupils to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.


Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing, making and evaluating.


We teach the Kapow Scheme of Work for Design and Technology for Key Stage 1 in a block of lessons each term. Teaching Design and Technology in blocks at Key Stage 1 allows the curriculum to be studied in depth; pupils will have time to complete longer pieces of work over the course of a block rather than in short weekly sessions. Pupils' learning (knowledge and skills) is assessed during and at the end of the unit, using the assessment materials in the Kapow scheme of work. The assessments contribute to a summative judgement at the end of the year.