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Design Technology

DT

Intent

The Design and technology scheme of work aims to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others.

Through our scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements. Our Design and technology scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum and the aims also align with those in the National curriculum.

Implementation

The Design and technology National curriculum outlines the three main stages of the design process: design, make and evaluate. Each stage of the design process is underpinned by technical knowledge which encompasses the contextual, historical, and technical understanding required for each strand. Cooking and nutrition has a separate section, with a focus on specific principles, skills and techniques in food, including where food comes from, diet and seasonality.

The National curriculum organises the Design and technology attainment targets under five subheadings or strands: 

●Design

● Make

● Evaluate

● Technical knowledge

● Cooking and nutrition

Impact

The impact of our DT offering can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives.

Furthermore, each unit has a unit quiz and knowledge catcher which can be used at the start and/ or end of the unit.

It is our intention that pupils leave school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and be innovative and resourceful members of society.

Our Design and Technology offering indends to allow children to:

➔ Understand the functional and aesthetic properties of a range of materials and resources.

➔ Understand how to use and combine tools to carry out different processes for shaping, decorating, and manufacturing products.

➔ Build and apply a repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to produce high quality, innovative outcomes, including models, prototypes, CAD, and products to fulfil the needs of users, clients, and scenarios.

➔ Understand and apply the principles of healthy eating, diets, and recipes, including key processes, food groups and cooking equipment.

➔ Have an appreciation for key individuals, inventions, and events in history and of today that impact our world.

➔ Recognise where our decisions can impact the wider world in terms of community, social and environmental issues.

➔ Self-evaluate and reflect on learning at different stages and identify areas to improve.

➔ Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Design and technology.

 

Subject Overview

CREATIVITY

Through a variety of creative and practical activities linked to the themes they are working on, children are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. They will work in a rage of relevant contexts, such as the home, the school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment.

ASPIRATION

Design and technology enhances children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues in an increasingly technological world. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Respect

Using creativity and imagination, 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. Design and Technology develops high levels of respect through the opportunities to invent and make their own designs. The children can achieve great satisfaction when they see their designs come together in real life and able to talk through their learning process.

Enjoyment

The children at Barry Primmary enjoy DT lessons a great deal. Our creative children enjoy a ‘hands on’ approach through investigating and exploring.High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

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