Design and Technology (DT) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.
The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and developing products and systems. They combine practical skills with the ability to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology. Through Design and Technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
Aims of Design and Technology
Our DT education aims to enable pupils to:
- become aware of the importance of design and technology throughout and possibly beyond, their everyday lives.
- develop a critical awareness about the made world.
- develop capability in the skills, processes, knowledge and understanding involved in designing and making.
- nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making.
- develop a sense of enjoyment and pride in pupils ability to design and make.
- understand and respect other people’s ideas, needs and opinions.
Teaching and Learning in Design and Technology
The pupils in the Foundation Stage:
- will explore a range of construction kits and a wide variety of materials e.g. playdough, clay, plasticine, wire, wood, plastic, reclaimed materials, fabric and food.
- will investigate uses of different materials e.g. appropriateness of adhesives and chosen materials.
- will be taught the correct language for and use of a range of tools and equipment.
The pupils in Key Stage 1 will design:
- purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and others based on design criteria
- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock ups and where appropriate ICT
The pupils in Key Stage 1 will make:
- using an appropriate selection of tools and equipment to carry out tasks such as cutting, joining and shaping
- using a wide range of materials and components including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
The pupils in Key Stage 1 will evaluate and explore:
- a range of existing products
- their ideas and products against design specifications
- structures thinking about how they can be made stronger and more stable
- mechanisms such as levers, sliders and wheels in the objects they create
Health and Safety
- Pupils will be taught to use the correct tools for tasks.
- Tools must be used under the supervision of an adult.
- Pupils must consider health and safety issues and consequences and operate in a safe and hygienic manner when designing.
- Risk Assessments will be included in the planning and reviewed annually.
- All staff will read, sign and follow the health and safety regulations.
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
All pupils irrespective of ethnicity, religion, gender or ability are given equal access to the Design Technology curriculum where possible. Able, gifted and talented pupils will be supported through the subject developing analysis, thinking skills and evaluation techniques. Teachers will aim to be sensitive to design problems linked to ethnicity and religion.