Design and Technology

Design Technology

Intent

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  At St Columba’s we want our children to use their creativity and imagination, where they design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. We want children to acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Children have access to the resources they require to carry out their DT tasks in a dedicated Design Technology room. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

We want our children to:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world of work.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • Celebrate their work through dedicated DT displays in school.

Implementation

 Follow the Learning Challenge Curriculum from EYFS to Year 6, which meets the statutory and non-statutory elements of the National Curriculum, to ensure that children have the right skills, knowledge and understanding to make progress in Design Technology.

  • Delivery of a range of design and technology projects with a clear structure.
  • A consistent approach to the design process and development of technical knowledge where each project will follow:

Design – Developing, planning and communicating ideas

Make – Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products

Evaluate – Evaluating processes and products.

  • A range of skills will be taught including: Construction, Use of mouldable materials, mechanisms, textiles, cooking and nutrition materials (ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken).
  • Clear and appropriate cross-curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.
  • Children will undertake design tasks and use skills from across the curriculum to fully explore the design process evaluating work ensuring that it is of the highest possible quality.
  • Design Technology focussed displays in the DT room celebrating the children’s work. These displays celebrate exceptional practice and exemplify terminology and vocabulary used.
  • Independent learning: In design technology children may well be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology.
  • Collaborative learning: In design and technology, children may be asked to work as part of a team learning to support and help one another towards a challenging, yet rewarding goal.

Impact

  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
  • 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.

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