Design and Technology:
Design Technology is a subject that celebrates practical learning and offers opportunities for children to mathematically and scientifically reason; building a strong foundation of vital problem-solving skills. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other subject areas such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art, thereby enabling pupils to notice connections and patterns in their learning. DT is an exciting and stimulating subject which harnesses the imagination, drawing on children’s creative flair. Our pupils are tasked with researching, designing, creating and evaluating products with the aim to solve real life problems, relevant to their own lives, within a variety of contexts. DT inspires pupils to be confident in their own ideas, take calculated risks, be resourceful, enterprising, innovative and reflective. It can improve critical analysis, problem solving, and practical capability and evaluation skills.
Our curriculum enables children to research and evaluate existing products, design a variety of products for a variety of chosen consumers and audiences, and to produce high quality and individually unique outcomes. An emphasis on resilience is key to Design Technology, and our curriculum reflects this, enabling children to make mistakes and explore alternative options when making decisions as part of the design process.
- To research existing products, considering the way in which they meet the specification and how their own product will fit into this market
- To gather a bank of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design a high-quality working prototype fit for purpose to meet the requirements of a specific client/audience
- To construct their design utilizing the most appropriate materials and deploying the most suitable and effective tools
- Critique, evaluate and test their own ideas and products and the work of others in order to alter and further improve their work as a result
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and a healthy, balanced diet, use mechanisms within mechanical systems, build structures, join textiles and work effectively with a wide range of varied materials