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Design and Technology

At Sunny Bank our Design and Technology curriculum allows children to utilise and explore their creativity and imagination whilst creating a purposeful product for specific use. Children are required to think critically and innovatively whilst they design, make and evaluate their product. They learn the art of resilience through the process of critically evaluating and re-designing and making their own product. Key skills are taught and regularly rehearsed to enable children to benefit from a practical and valuable skill set. Children will be aware that through the design process they are the ‘inventor’ and an emphasis on the importance of their role will be made to ignite interest and passion across the Design and Technology subject.

 

Children are taught by knowledgeable and creative professionals who deliver memorable and inspiring lessons that focus on key areas of the Design and Technology curriculum in a range of imaginative ways. School is well resourced and DT is timetabled regularly to allow opportunities for children to learn and rehearse key skills with a cross-curricular as well as a discrete teaching approach.

 

Teaching of Design Technology in Early Years Foundation Stage

Children explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities to develop their own creativity. Children in Early Years have the opportunity to learn to explore textures, materials, colour and media for a particular purpose and use tools competently and appropriately and are able to adapt their work where necessary during Design and Technology lessons.                                                     

Teaching of Design Technology in Key Stage One

When designing and making, children will be taught to:

Design

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

Make

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Evaluate

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

Cooking and Nutrition

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  •  understand where food comes from.

Teaching of Design Technology in Key Stage Two

When designing and making, children will be taught to:

Design

  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Make

  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Evaluate

  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

 

Children are resourceful, innovative and resilient with an ability to critically reflect upon their own and other’s work and skills creating children who are confident self and peer-evaluators. They have developed career-inspiring key skills across a variety of areas such as cooking, woodwork and textiles. Children are able to advocate and lead a healthy lifestyle due to their love of cooking combined with the awareness of balanced diet and nutrition. Additionally, children can implement their learnt cookery skills to create a personal bank of nutritious, balanced and fresh meals which will support them in current as well as later life. Children have a clear understanding of the purpose of Design and Technology and their role within this as the ‘inventor’.