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Design Technology

Intent

Children enjoy making and creating from a very early age; at Barry Primary, we strive to harness this passion through the teaching and learning of Design Technology (DT) skills and knowledge in motivating contexts. Through the teaching of specific skills and techniques, we aim to harness children’s imaginative ideas into producing inventive yet purposeful products. DT is a real opportunity for skills, knowledge and understanding in other areas of the curriculum to be applied and secured, especially those learned in Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art & Design. We recognise that today’s primary school children will be the much-needed engineers and technological designers of the future and we strive to incite their interest in this area at an early age.

Implementation

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge. The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. Children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria as well as existing products. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight. The key skills we teach the children are:

 · sewing and textiles

 · cooking and nutrition

 · electrical and mechanical components

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