What is Design and Technology (DT)?
Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of today’s rapidly changing world. Through studying Design and Technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of environmental, social and aesthetic issues in addition to understanding functions and industrial practices. By doing so, children frequently reflect on and evaluate present and past Design and Technology, its uses and the impacts it has. It involves the creative application of the principles of science to solve practical problems and is subject to the constraints of economics and social acceptability.
The Shine Curriculum:
DT is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw upon knowledge from other areas of the curriculum such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 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, preparing them for life after education.
Our curriculum has been designed to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Through creativity and innovation, design and technology continue to shape our lives. Using an
Activity-focused approach, a high-quality design and technology education should give
Pupil’s opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of well-crafted
Products. Pupils should be taught the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks,
Thereby developing confidence in using these skills.
The National Curriculum
In this subject the children learn to work together as a team, especially when work is evaluated. They begin to understand Britain’s history in the development of manufacturing, electronics and innovation. Some challenges that are set relate to the needs of less developed countries. They take pride in their own skills and often work with the other generations of their own families.
Design Technology Policy
Long term plan
Medium term plans and Knowledge organisers
Below is an example of a medium term plan and a Knowledge organiser to go alongside the medium term plan.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION
This term, we have been extremely lucky to become real life engineers. Engineering is an exciting and rewarding career. The Design Process Box introduces students to the design process, nurturing the analysis and problem-solving skills engineers use every day. Each class has spent a day disassembling and reassembling a Dyson product. This activity not only allowed us all to have hands on Design and Technology experiences but also nurtured life long skills such as perseverance, team building, resilience and pride in success. To say everyone has been excited is an understatement! What a fantastic opportunity for everyone!
Year 4 have started their new topic all about Mechanisms. They are looking at linkages and levers. Miss Trencher and Mr Charnock challenged the children to create a grabber that uses mechanism to work. The children showed great resilience and perseverance. They were given no instructions, just a model. Look at what they did!
Year 1 have been evaluating existing products in their DT lessons. We have explored how books can be interactive, in preparation to make our own!
Year 1 have started to make their own Mechanisms. This week we have explored how a slider mechanism works and had a go at making our own. A lot of resilience was needed during this task!
Year 6 have been exploring different mechanism that they can use to make their fairground ride. Here they are exploring Pulley systems and making their own.