Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. Design and Technology objectives are taught in at least 3 terms of each year, through a problem solving curriculum. The topics are dilemma based questions; encouraging the children to develop their language, experiences, amethyst skills and belief that they have the power to affect change.
Through a rich and varied design technology curriculum the children will investigate and critique existing products, they will design and make their own product to fulfil a need, a want or a gap in the market. They will continue to reflect and modify their work in order to improve it and meet the design criteria.
They will experience developing skills of investigating, designing, making, evaluating, drawing, explaining, justifying (decisions about materials, tools and techniques used), planning, analysing, cutting, joining, measuring, shaping, sewing, screwing, gluing, nailing, sawing, drilling, filing, sanding, cooking, peeling, grating, mixing, weighing, creating circuits incorporating batteries, bulbs and motors. They will apply scientific knowledge to choose appropriate mechanisms for a product such as levers, winding mechanisms, pulleys and gears. The children will find out about a range of materials, tools, techniques, mechanisms, constructions, textiles, food, electricals and electronics.
We aim to teach at least 3 DT topics a year and hope to repeat the successful whole school project where every year group design and make something of a similar theme giving them the opportunity to show off the progression of skills of their year group.
The children will require resourcefulness to find out about existing products and evaluate their form and function (do they work? do they look good?) and consider how they might adapt or improve the product. The children will require skills of reciprocity when critiquing and evaluating the work of others, understanding the need to be kind and specific in their suggestions for improvements and also to take on-board other people’s suggestions to improve their own work.
Resilience is required throughout our problem-based curriculum. The children will be challenged every lesson, to try their best and to improve upon their work following feedback. They may find some aspects of design technology difficult so the skills of perseverance are required. They will be reflecting on their work and that of others, to discuss it, critique it and improve upon it.
Power to change the world
Through understanding design technology, children will learn how design and technology have contributed to change throughout time.
Impact will be measured through a collection of rich evidence; photographs of work, showing the process as well as the finished product (textiles, structures, mechanisms, food, etc.) There will be quotes from the child, parent voice, teacher’s feedback.