Design and Technology
Our intent is that our Design and Technology (DT) approach will allow children to thrive in our rapidly changing world by encouraging them to become independent, creative problem solvers. We want children to think as individuals and as part of a team. DT is delivered through our Key Concepts: Design, Make, Evaluate, Technical Knowledge and Cooking and Nutrition.
Our intent is for children to have:
- Good levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
- An excellent attitude to learning and independent working and passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
- The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
- The ability to carry out 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 good knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
- The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
- The ability to manage risks to manufacture products safely and hygienically
We implement our Design and Technology approach through:
- In EYFS, we implement DT by providing children with a wide range of indoor and outdoor construction equipment, from planks and blocks to junk modelling; our home corner and growing areas encourage cooking through role play and showing the children how food grows. This provision is in place everyday to support children with developing their understanding of why they build and how to adapt it when necessary. Adult interactions support children’s knowledge and vocabulary, including skills involved with balancing, constructing, joining, assembling and fixing.
- In Key Stage 1 and 2, DT units are linked to a specific number of Class Projects per year developing a broad and cross curricular approach.
- The use of verbal mini quizzes and retrieval techniques to develop children’s long term memory on what they have been taught.
- Learning across the curriculum is sequentially planned to build on knowledge and skills
- A yearly Whole School projects linked to STEM encourages the whole school to focus on a certain theme and to share their learning experiences with each other. Example: The theme transport with each class focusing on one of: Flight, Railways and Buses (linked to mechanisms and structures)
- A learning sequence of Design, Make, Evaluate linked to the DT Association
- DT books are of a high quality and show a range of evidence
- A creative and innovative approach using a range of high-quality resources
- Project Knowledge Organisers have a DT element when appropriate to enable children to remember what they have been taught long term
The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Design and Technology curriculum being taught. Our Projects have a DT element (where relevant) to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
The impact of our Design and Technology approach is children design, make and evaluate purposeful products and are proud of their creations. They also have a clear understanding of Food and Nutrition from farm to plate. Children’s skills are transferable across the curriculum and their knowledge used in everyday life.