"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
Design and Technology prepares children for the rapidly changing world. Children are encouraged to become independent, creative problem solvers and learn how to develop collaborative and independent thinking skills. Opportunities are given for children to respond to needs and opportunities by developing their own ideas and products. Design and Technology is all about the combination of practical skills alongside developing an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Once designs have been discovered and created, DT lessons allow children time to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, including their own creations and those of their peers.
Our intent at Hadrian Primary School is to provide a rich Design and Technology curriculum across all year groups. We aim to teach a unit of Design and Technology in all year groups at least once per term. These units focus on: food technology and nutrition, electricity, mechanisms, structures and textiles. Wherever possible, cross curricular links are made to ensure children get the most out of their learning experiences.
We aim to develop children's creativity, technical and practical expertise so that they can perform everyday tasks confidently. It is important that children are given opportunities to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills so they can create high-quality prototypes and products. We hope that when children leave us they are equipped to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Design and Technology is a crucial part of school life and learning. We are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of an exciting Design and Technology curriculum where children may experience things for the very first time. This subject allows opportunities for children to learn practically and apply their imagination and creatively in a purposeful way. Children learn to take risks and how to become reflective, resilient learners whilst learning how Design Technology impacts everyday life and the wider world.
Part of implementing an effective Design and Technology curriculum is encouraging children to work collaboratively with others. Collaborative work in Design and Technology develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, abilities and beliefs of others. It also helps children to respect their environment and the health and safety of themselves and others. They learn to appreciate that their ideas and opinions may differ to others and also learn to show tolerance. Children are encouraged to work in a democratic way by listening to others and sometimes accepting the ideas of others may be more suitable than their own to create the most effective product.
Design and Technology is implemented in 5 different units across the academic year:
From Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, we aim to provide a progressive scheme of work where children will acquire new skills each year built upon those previously taught.
Below you will find the progression of skills documents for each Design and Technology unit. These focus on: content, design, making of the product, evaluation and technical knowledge.
Early Years Foundation Stage:
In the EYFS children are encouraged to explore and use a variety of media and materials during a combination of adult directed and child-initiated activities. Children are given opportunities to:
Key Stage 1:
Children should be taught through creative and practical activities the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the designing and making process. They should work in a range of relevant contexts that inspire and interest them.
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:
KS1 – Food and Nutrition:
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and later in life.
Children should be taught to:
Key Stage 2:
Within KS2, key events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design and Technology are teaching focuses that are to be covered. Introducing and using computer programmes and applications are also a key focus to be utilised by children in their design of their products.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process and designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts.
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:
KS2 – Food and Nutrition:
Pupils should be taught to:
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values
Collaborative work in design and technology develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others. They learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance. A variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people – and their views – are equally important. Children are encouraged to work in a democratic way, exercising the ‘give and take’ required for successful teamwork.