“Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.” National Curriculum, 2014
Intent of our Design and Technology Provision
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, vocabulary and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the man-made elements of the world in which we all live and work.
The Design and Technology curriculum at Whitehouse Community Primary School is designed to provide creative, technical and practical opportunities in a range of relevant contexts, including construction, textiles, cookery and healthy eating. We follow a spiral approach where skills are built on and revisited each year. Through our inclusive, cross-curricular, skills-based lessons our children will also be given opportunities to evaluate past and present designs, research how these designs and technologies exist and investigate how they impact and are relevant to their daily lives and the world we live in today. Through high-quality DT teaching, we aim to develop innovative, practical and reflective learners able to participate successfully in an evolving technological world. We will support our children to build a comprehensive set of skills and a broad understanding of the design, making and evaluation process and draw on children’s knowledge from different disciplines such as maths, science, computing and art.
Implementation of our Design and Technology Provision
DT at Whitehouse is taught through carefully chosen theme-based projects, linked to our enquiry question. DT is taught through a sequence of weekly lessons or through dedicated DT curriculum days. Our DT curriculum consists of four areas: designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge, and cooking and nutrition. Each year group will complete a project using textiles, construction or mechanics and food as well as studying a key designer or inventor. Year group specific targets have been developed so children revisit and develop their knowledge, skills and vocabulary year on year in all four areas. Teachers use these targets to focus their lesson planning and create scaffolded three step learning objectives and gold challenges. Focussing on one key areas reduces cognitive load and allows teachers to assess each concept accurately.
Children in key stage 1 learn how to make simple designs, select and use appropriate materials and evaluate their designs. Children in key stage 2 will broaden their knowledge and begin to develop their own design criteria and plan their own projects thinking about material choices and the product’s function. Children learn about the seasonality of foods and the principles of a healthy varied diet. All children use sketch books to record each stage of the design process. Planning, making and evaluation skills are embedded across the curriculum and may also be evident in subjects such as art, science and English. The school has a variety of DT resources and equipment which are used to enrich our children’s learning. Teachers also create enthusiasm at home through inspiring homework tasks. Children’s work is showcased on classroom displays or through parent exhibitions. Where possible, enrichment opportunities such as trips or visits are also planned to allow children opportunities to experience local design/architecture or meet designers first hand.
Impact of our Design and Technology Provision
In DT children become risk takers, problem solvers and practical experts as they develop a critical understanding of the technologies of the world.