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Design and Technology

Intent

Design and Technology is a creative, inspiring and practical subject which allows children to combine knowledge with taught skills. We encourage children to use their creativity and imaginations to work individually or as part of a team to design and make usable products which solve real and relevant problems. They are required to consider their own and other’s needs and wants by having a clear user in mind before they begin the design and make process. We aim, where possible, to link to other subject areas such as maths, science, art and computing. As well as this, Design and Technology supports the children’s development of key life skills such as team work, resilience, adaptability and perseverance which will stand them in good stead for their futures and life in an ever-changing world.

 

Implementation

We teach the National curriculum supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This is outlined on our knowledge organisers for each year group and follows guidance from the DT Associations ‘Skills Progression Framework.’ Teachers make use of the DT Associations ‘Project on a Page’ planners as well as ‘Food a Fact of Life’ planning to ensure a clear progression throughout a unit and across year groups.

Emphasis is placed on following the Analyse – Design – Make – Cycle where children are provided with opportunities to explore each of these stages within a unit:

 

Analyse- At the start of a unit, children are given time to explore and reflect upon existing products from the past and present. This may be through real life objects, photographs or video clips. Children are encouraged to discuss and reflect upon the use and effectiveness of a product as well as personal likes and dislikes.

 

Design- The design process is rooted in real life, relevant contexts which gives meaning to learning and captures the children’s imagination and provides an element of freedom. Together with their teacher, children will be involved in creating a clear design criteria for their product.  At this stage, children are involved in making design decisions about their end products such as which materials and tools they want to use, which joining techniques will be most suitable and how their end product will look.

 

Making- During this stage, children will be taught skills relevant to their unit of work (e.g. slicing and spreading, cross stitch, how to use a junior hacksaw) as well as drawing on skills they have been taught in previous year groups. They will be given a range of tools to choose from as well as being taught how to safely use each tool (e.g. claw and bridge hold for cutting and slicing.)

 

Evaluating- Evaluation is an integral part of the design and making process as it provides opportunities for children to reflect upon, adapt and improve their product as they go. Children will also be given time to assess their own product against the initial design criteria.

During Key Stage 1, the following units are covered:

  • Food and Nutrition (Taught by every year group)

  • Mechanisms

  • Structures

  • Textiles

 

During Key Stage 2, the following units are covered:

  • Food and Nutrition (Taught by every year group)

  • Mechanical Systems

  • Electrical Systems

  • Structures

  • Textiles

 

These units are mapped out on our school Long Term Design and Technology plan and are either taught as blocked or weekly lessons depending on the topic. To ensure coverage, it is expected that one DT unit is completed every half term.

 

Impact

By the time children leave our school, they will:

  • Have developed a passion for the subject.

  • Have an excellent attitude towards learning and working independently.

  • Be able to work cooperatively with others.

  • Be able to spot problems and offer suitable solutions.

  • Be innovators!

  • Be willing to take risks within their learning.

  • Be able to carry out research and ask questions to develop understanding of the user’s needs and wants.

  • Have increased their technical vocabulary.

  • Have developed a knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials they can use to make a product.

  • Be able to use tools safely

  • Apply hygiene skills when preparing and cooking food.

  • Have an awareness of a healthy, balance diet.

 

School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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