Design and Technology connects with a variety of other subject areas in school and allows pupils to make real-life links between their work and the work of professions such as engineers, architects, and designers. Design and Technology compliments subjects such as Art and Design, Science, and Computing. Work often connects with on-going topics in these areas, which allow pupils to understand the importance of designing and making in everyday life. It allows them to become aware of how technology is all around us and how it advances.
DT is taught to all children in school on a weekly basis, every other half term, to develop key skills. Pupils are encouraged to investigate, plan, adapt and evaluate their work while working on their own, in pairs and small groups. All lessons are designed to promote enjoyment of DT and embed the purpose and importance of the subject. The core aims of the National Curriculum are addressed in each lesson. Our approach to the planning, assessment and teaching of DT throughout the school is organised in our mixed-age, class groupings.
Across all year groups, children learn how to safely use a variety of tools under supervision to create quality items. All learning is encouraged using the principles of design, make and evaluate. Teaching allows children to strengthen their technical knowledge by giving support and guidance when developing projects.
We incorporate links to other subjects and our local environment to develop children’s interest in DT. For example, children have built bird boxes as part of our Gardening Club, whilst in History, we have explored shelters when learning about the Stone Age. We also invite local designers into school to work with the children and introduce different techniques and ideas, such as a visit from the Upfront Puppet Theatre to help us make animal masks for our summer production.
Our teaching of Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative and practical work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in using a range of tools to draw, paint, sculpture and carry out other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse their own work against design criteria.
- know about how great artists, craft makers, designers and key events in design and technology have helped shape the world.
During EYFS, children should be taught to safely use, explore and experiment with a variety of materials, tools and techniques thinking about their purposes and how they can use them to represent their own ideas. By Key Stage 1, pupils should be taught to design functional, appealing products based on design criteria. They should be able to use their prior knowledge to select from and use a range of tools, equipment and materials. During Key Stage 1, pupils should begin to evaluate products and suggest improvements to improve them. As the pupils move into Key stage 2, they should be taught to take time to research and develop their own design criteria to create innovative products designed for a specific purpose. They should be taught to perform practical tasks accurately using a wide range of tools and materials. During Key Stage 2, pupils should begin to analyse and evaluate their own products, and those made by others, against a set of design criteria and suggest improvements to improve them.
By the end of EYFS, children should be able to safely use a variety of materials, tools and techniques to create their own products. They will be able to discuss their reasons behind choosing a certain tool, or colour and can say what they like about their products and those made by others.
By the end of Key Stage 1, pupils will be able to select a specific tool, material or technique for a specific purpose. They will be able to create products based on pre-set design criteria. Pupils will be able to evaluate products and make suggestions on how they can be improved.
By the end of the Key Stage 2, pupils will be able to research and develop their own design criteria. They will be able to carefully plan out and explore different design ideas before commencing production. They will be able to use a wide range of tools accurately, select materials for specific purposes and be able to explain the reasons behind their choices using evidence from prior experiences. Pupils will also be able to critically analyse and evaluate their own products, and those made by others, against a set of design criteria. They will be able to suggest and make improvements to their products.