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Design Technology Curriculum "Design is intelligence made visible"

Lead: Miss M Barrett

The teaching of Design Technology across the school follows the National Curriculum documents and is uspporetd by a skills progression document. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

Design and technology is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high quality Design and Technology curriculum; through well planned and resourced projects and experiences.

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, requiring creativity, resourcefulness, and imagination. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. It is very cross - curricular and draws upon subject knowledge and skills within Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art. Children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient. Through the evaluation of past and present technology they can reflect upon the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world

The National Curriculum for design and technology aims 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
  • build 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
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Essential Knowledge for a Designer

Knowledge of processes, materials, tools and techniques

Knowledge of designers and makers

knowledge of health and safety

Essential Skills for a Designer:

Carry out research for design

Produce innovate ideas and create products

Critically evaluate their own work and that of others

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

Use different media and materials to express their own ideas

Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose

Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources

Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely

Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary

Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines