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Providing an attachment friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.

Welcome to Hope School! We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. At Hope School we provide an attachment-friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.
At Hope School pupils are taught an individualised curriculum which caters for their specific needs. To find out more visit our subject pages under our curriculum heading! - PLEASE BE REMINED THAT SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL PUPILS FOR INSET TRAINING ON FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2019.

Design Technology

Why we study DT at Hope School.

Design and technology is an area of study that focuses on planning, designing and creating products. This can range from cooking, to woodwork to using materials such as clay, fabrics and recycling rubbish.


The National Curriculum states that

“Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.” And that “High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.”

(National Curriculum, 2015)


The aims of the Design Technology curriculum are to:


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.




Teaching methods and approaches

In Hope school pupils focus on the design process, learning that high quality products are created when they have been;

Researched, designed, made, and evaluated. Design technology may be taught as a single lesson, or incorporated as part of wider project or through cross curricular activities.


Pupils engage in:

· Exploration of materials and their properties
· Practical work
· Creativity
· Problem-solving
· Using key and technical vocabulary


The subject leader (Mr. Martin Gorman) is responsible for improving the standards of teaching and learning in mathematics.


This is done in the following ways:


  • tracking pupil progress in DT

  • purchasing, organising and auditing of resources

  • keeping up to date with recent DT developments

  • supporting staff in the teaching of DT





SMSC and British Values as part of the DT curriculum at Hope School.


Our pupils learn and develop their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) understanding as part of DT at Hope School. These are not taught separately but are integrated within lessons.


Pupils may develop their Spiritual learning by;

  • Appreciating using their hands and manipulating things.

  • Noticing sensations and emotions when facing a challenge.


Pupils may develop their Moral learning by;

  • Working collaboratively.

  • Following the rules of a challenge.

  • Problem solving.


Pupils may develop their Social learning by;

  • Working collaboratively.

  • Taking on responsibility as part of a group.

  • Offering feedback and support to their peers.


Pupils may develop their Cultural understanding by;

  • Researching products with similar aims from different countries.

  • Learning about how historical incidents have influenced modern technology.

  • Understanding the role of technology in society.

  • Gaining respect for how different countries and cultures rely on technology.


Pupils learn about and develop British Values through DT. The British Values are stated as being:



The rule of law.

Individual liberty.

Mutual respect.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.


Pupils will demonstrate these and develop their understanding by;

Including all pupils in activities.

Differentiating tasks to include all pupils.

Support and encourage peers.