COLDEAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

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  1. LEARNING
  2. Our Curriculum
  3. DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Intent

At Coldean Primary School we aim to provide children with a D&T education that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively on a shared project. 

We believe that high-quality D&T lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding.

Our D&T curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food, CAD and woodwork; through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary and resilience.

We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child.

Children 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.

Our curriculum is sequenced in line with the EYFS Statutory Framework (2020), Development Matters (2020) and the National Curriculum for Design & Technology (2013).

EYFS & KS1

KS2

Implementation 

The teaching of Design & Technology across the school follows the National Curriculum through the use of guidance from the Design and Technology Association. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

Design and technology is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high quality DT curriculum; through well planned and resourced projects and experiences.

D&T is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, requiring creativity, resourcefulness, and imagination. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. It is very cross - curricular and draws upon subject knowledge and skills within Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art. Children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient. Through the evaluation of past and present technology they can reflect upon the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world.

Early Years Foundation Stage

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose
  • Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely
  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary
  • Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 1

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.

When designing and making, pupils should 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, (or 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. 

National Curriculum requirements for food and Nutrition at KS1

As part of their work with food, pupils are 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 in later life. 

Pupils should be taught to:

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

In Key Stage 2:

Within Key Stage 2 the use of computer programmes and applications are a key focus to be utilised by children in their design of their products.

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 2

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts, for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment. 

When designing and making, pupils should 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, such as 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 
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world 

Technical knowledge 

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures 
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products, (for example as gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages)
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products, (for example series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors) 
  • to apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.

National Curriculum requirements for food and nutrition at KS2 

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 in later life. 

Pupils should be taught to: 

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet 
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques 
  • to understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. 

 

Impact

Our Design & Technology curriculum should ensure that children leave Coldean:

  • Able to demonstrate creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • With a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Able to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Training, planning and teaching our Design & Technology curriculum should ensure:

  • Knowledgeable and skilful teachers able to assess pupils’ learning against our Progression Map objectives.