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Design & Technology

 Intent

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Design and Technology we aim to ensure that all children:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently
  • 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

Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject, encouraging children to think and creatively to solve problems as individuals and as members of a team. At St Mary’s we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
We aim to link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art as appropriate. The children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness.  They are encouraged to become innovators, risk-takers and make a difference to the world in which we live.

Implementation

Our Design and Technology curriculum is implemented through a variety of different projects over the children’s time at St Mary’s.  Children take part in DT projects termly that are linked to their topics.

Children are given a variety of real-life products to explore in great detail, expanding their knowledge of how they look and work, allowing children to evaluate products against their target market and purpose.

For each project, children follow the design-make and evaluate sequence, allowing children time to reflect upon their design and products and think of ways that they could be improved or adapted. Teachers support and model increasingly progressive evaluative skills to enable children to create products of a high-quality throughout school.

Children are given a design brief to put the need for the product in context. Where possible, teachers ensure that the brief is linked to another area of their learning or has relevance to the children to inspire their imagination and eagerness to create and problem solve.

Safety is explained and modelled at the start of and throughout each product including food hygiene instructions.