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Design and Technology

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works."

Steve Jobs

 

Intent

DT is a vital part of our KEYS curriculum (Knowledge and Skills Empower You to Succeed).  It provides children with a real life context for learning. Through the DT curriculum, children will learn about engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.

The DT curriculum is intended to develop:

  • Children’s understanding of the need for a criteria for a product, through examining and exploring working models where possible.
  • Children’s understanding of how key events and individuals have helped shape design and technology globally.
  • Children’s understanding of and abilities in the process used to take a product from initial design to finished article.

It is designed to build upon children’s previous knowledge, experiences and skills to enable them to reach their full potential.

Implementation

Skills and knowledge are developed throughout each DT topic and are mapped across the school to ensure progression. Across Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two, the children will have the opportunity to develop their creative knowledge and skills in investigating mechanisms, structures, techniques with textiles and food technology. The sequence of lessons will include:

  • Key knowledge on the background of the unit to be studied. This enables links to other curriculum areas, such as history and geography, with children developing their knowledge of DT from different historical periods and of famous individuals within this curriculum area.
  • Key vocabulary related to the unit studied.
  • Exploration of existing products and working examples.
  • Design: Design should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to the learning. Designs should be planned through appropriate formats: drawing, templates, talking and mock-ups.
  • Make: Children should be given a range of tools for their projects to choose from and the technical skills and knowledge to use them appropriately, safely and effectively. They should use a wide range of materials and components; textiles, construction equipment and ingredients.
  • Evaluate: Children should be taught to evaluate existing products and their own products against design criteria.

The children practise and develop mastery in the key processes required in creating mechanisms, structures and food items and develop their confidence.

Impact

Children experience the satisfaction of following a design process through to having a working, finished product. Children will know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology. The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology. As designers children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood. The DT curriculum at Cronton C.E. contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.

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