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Design & Technology

Design & Technology

Design and technology is a creative, rigorous and practical subject. Using their creativity and imagination, and through discussion, 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. In Design Technology, pupils draw on disciplines including mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.

Intent, Implementation, Impact

Intent

Design Technology provides the children with opportunities to think and explore creatively by evaluating, designing and making. Our aims within Design Technology are to enable children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve problems within a variety of contexts. As well as designing and making, the children are given opportunities to evaluate and reflect upon the effectiveness of what they create. The children will develop a range of skills to motivate and enable them to become innovators and risk-takers. 

Implementation

Recently, we have carried out a review of our curriculum to ensure that the skills being taught in Design Curriculum are progressive & well-sequenced between year groups. We have looked at the knowledge, understanding and skills that we want the children to acquire. We will teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in designing, making and evaluating their final creations through a variety of practical activities. Class teachers will decide when Design Technology is taught in their class whether this be weekly or blocked into half terms as this can often change depending upon the nature of the topic. All children in KS1 and KS2 will cover designing, making, evaluating, technical knowledge and food technology throughout the year but the skills taught will be different. Each teacher takes the objectives from our curriculum and teaches these through exciting, engaging and stimulating activities.

Impact

Through having stimulating Design and Technology lessons, our children show a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards their learning in this subject. The safe and supportive learning environment which we have created in our school allows children to approach Design Technology lessons with confidence and the knowledge and skills to achieve the end goal. Children will develop their creative, technical and practical skills which are needed to complete everyday tasks. They will build a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to successfully design, make and evaluate high quality products. Children will design and make a range of products and evaluate the effectiveness using critical thinking and understanding. Children will explore through Design Technology lessons and learn how to take risks, become resourceful and be innovative. As a school we measure the impact of Design Technology through the children’s ability to demonstrate the skills taught; talking to the children about their Design Technology lessons; observations of lessons and monitoring the process surrounding the final pieces.

Design and Technology Policy

Our current D&T Policy is here.

Design and Technology Curriculum Map

Our National Curriculum Design and Technology Subject Map provides an overview across Key Stages 1 and 2. 

Long Term Planning for D & T

Our Long Term planning for Design & Technology, from our Quest 1 document, is here.

Medium Term Planning for D & T

D&T in action - Case Studies