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 aims of the national Curriculum are to:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- 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.
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
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.
DT will be taught in the Spring 2 term. The children are focusing on developing their art skills in Spring 1. Come back and take a look soon at the new projects the children are going to undertake!
Below are some examples of the topics our children will cover and the products they may make. Keep your eyes peeled to see the children's work.
Design Technology Policy
Look at what we are learning and all the things we will know by the end of the term!
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION
THE FINISHED PRODUCTS
Take a look at some finish products below.
Year 1 Puppets from the Nativity.
Year 4 Mechanical Posters
Year 6 The surface of the moon!
Year 3 Cushions
Year 5 Felt Phone Cases
Design and Technology in other subjects!
YEAR 1 STEM
Maths – building shapes.
What a maths lesson! To kick start our shape topic, we challenged the children to make 2D and 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and marshmallows! As you can see they did a fabulous job! Maths, engineering and team work all in one! This is a great way to reinforce basic geometry. 2D shapes that worked well for us included: triangle, square, rhombus, rectangle. We also built 3D shapes and these small structures were great opportunities for the children to explore support. Some recognised immediately that their shape wouldn’t stand up without connecting enough marshmallows and toothpicks.
Take a look at how our projects are coming along!
Year 1 - The stitch up!
We have started to design our puppets this week! We are basing our puppets on the characters from the Christmas story. We looked at some good examples of products that already exist and talked about what made them appealing. We then made sure that we including these features in our designs. We are so excited to learn to sew and make our puppets! Keep checking for our finished piece in a few weeks.
Year 6 have been exploring how floor robots travel on different surfaces. They have built the Moon-Landing Buggy and have tested their creations on various terrains such as: carpet, sandpaper, bubble wrap and smooth plastic... here's how we got on:
Year 3 - How do I get a silent night?
The tie-dye process is underway! We can’t wait to see our designs! Don’t worry, we used gloves and aprons to keep our hands and clothes free from dye.
Year 4 - Linkages and levers
During our second lesson we were investigating the workings of levers and linkages. We followed a step by step instruction guide in order to create our own levers and linkages using coloured card and split pins.
A sneak peak into how the children's DT projects are coming along!
Unlocking the unit!
Well done to all the children who researched landmarks and places they have been to!
Here is just a sample of evidence brought in for our unlocking task...
The stitch up!
The children in year 1 have been analyzing existing products in their Design and Technology lesson. They have looked at how puppets are made and what makes them appealing to young children. We also discussed the purpose of a puppet and watched few clips showing some different types of puppets. Some children brought in their favourite puppets and showed them to their class mates.
How can I protect my phone?
Y5 have started their Design and Technology journey for the Autumn term! They have been immersed into the topic by evaluating existing products. The children looked back on phones and how they used to be made compared to the fancy phones they all have now. They have looked at ways to protect them and have conducted a product analysis on them, looking at how they have been made and the aesthetics! They will now use this knowledge to make their own! Keep your eyes peeled!
How do I get a silent night?
Y3 have started their Design and Technology journey for the Autumn term! They have been immersed into the topic by evaluating existing products. The children brought in a range of pillows and cushions from home and have conducted a product analysis on them, looking at how they have been made, the aesthetics and how comfortable they are! They will now use this knowledge to make their own! Keep your eyes peeled!
Year 3 have been tie-dying their material as part of their Design Technology topic. After the dye has dried, they will be ready to create their pillow. They have chosen a range of techniques and have created patterns such as stripes, spirals and polka dots.
What should the moon be made of?
Y6 have started their Design and Technology journey for the Autumn term! They have been immersed into the topic by exploring the Lego bots. They have looked at inputs and outputs and the technological mechanisms that make them work! They will now use this knowledge to make their own!
How can we fix Mr Grinling's packed lunch problem?
In Design and Technology, Year 2 have been designing, making and evaluating packed lunch boxes. Look at how we are reinforcing the corners and making the handle stronger so our lunch doesn't fall out!