Our Design and Technology Curriculum
We aim that through our design and technology curriculum our children develop creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts (such as the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment). Children learn how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. By evaluating past and present design and technology, we aim that they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
We aim for every child to develop:
• An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
• The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
• The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
• A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
• The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
• The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
• A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
In Key Stage 1 children will have the opportunity to:
• 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.
• select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks such as 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.
• explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
• evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.
Develop technical knowledge
• build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
• explore and use mechanisms, such as levers, sliders, wheels and axles, in their products.
Learn about cooking and nutrition
• use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
• understand where food comes from.
In Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
Learn more technical knowledge
• apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
• understand and use mechanical systems in their products, such as gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages.
• understand and use electrical systems in their products, such as series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors.
• apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.
Learn more about cooking and nutrition
• 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.
• understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.