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Design & Technology

Intent

We aim to ensure that all pupils develop:

  • the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • 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.
  • the ability to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • an understanding and application of the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • an excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • the ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • the ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • the ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • a thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • the ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • the ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • a passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems. 

Implementation

  • The skills and knowledge that our pupils will develop throughout their design and technology units are mapped out across each year group and key stage to ensure progression. Where possible, we link the pupils’ design and technology units to other curriculum areas, such as history and geography.
  • Pupils are given opportunities to undertake a variety of creative and practical activities through half-termly units. These tasks would include opportunities to investigate, design, make, improve and evaluate. To undertake these tasks pupils also further develop their skills in analysing, researching, following a design brief, success criteria, designing through computer programmes, annotated sketches, exploded diagrams, designing to a scale, making prototypes, testing and evaluating, making, changing and improving.
  • Our specialist design and technology teacher ensures the design and technology work planned for pupils is demanding and matches the aims of the Design and Technology National Curriculum.
  • Our pupils are provided with opportunities to experience construction, textiles, food, computing, and electronic and mechanical products.

Impact

  • During and/after lessons, pupils are assessed through informal assessment techniques: questioning, conferencing, reviewing written work against learning objective/success criteria, short retrieval activities, flashbacks.
  • At the end of a unit, we expect that the vast majority of pupils will have remembered and be fluent in their understanding of the “milestones.”

         Milestone 1: Year 1/2;    Milestone 2: Year 3/4;    Milestone 3: Year 5/6

Please find available for download the Design & Technology Primary National Curriculum.