Design and Technology at Star is inspiring, rigorous and practical encouraging all pupils to think independently, solve problems and develop their creativity. We encourage pupils to have a growth mindset to design and make products that solve real and relevant global issues. Through a topic-based rights curriculum, we aim to make links with other subjects for example, mathematics, science, the arts, computing and engineering. We want Star pupils to be resilient in their design and technology learning implementing coping strategies when the outcome of their products are not what they expected. Our pupils are given opportunities to be reflective, critical evaluators and are encouraged to design innovatively and take risks in their learning.
Through a range of creative and practical activities, we give pupils core knowledge, support in practising skills and assistance to develop a deeper understanding of the design world and industries. Using a research-based approach to planning and teaching, each unit follows a clear learning cycle: research, design, make and evaluate. In KS1 children build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable coupled with using mechanisms such as levers, sliders, wheels and axles, in their products. In KS2 children apply their knowledge to more complex structures and use mechanical systems for example, gears, pulleys, cams and levers. In addition, our staff plan opportunities for all pupils to develop their technical knowledge of complex structures, mechanical and electrical systems as well as applying their understanding of computing to programme and control their products. Within cooking and nutrition children learn where food comes from and use the principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes. Deepening their knowledge of where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
Star pupils learn to become risk takers, think sustainably, be innovative, enterprising and capable global citizens. Their success is celebrated through assemblies, home-learning projects and having their work displayed. Through planned and purposeful evaluation activities, pupils develop a critical understanding of design and technology and how it impacts on not only their daily life but the lives of others. The high-quality design and technology curriculum at Star means that all pupils make a significant contribution to the world of creativity, culture and enterprise promoting STEM subjects as future career pathways.