Our Design Technology Coordinators are Miss Lane and Miss Johnstone
What is DT?
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks.
But of course, if you look deeper, it’s really how it works.”
“Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions.”
Design Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Through the study of Design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.
Key Changes to the Design Technology Curriculum
- Products to be made for a purpose.
- Ensure individuality in children’s design and construction of products.
- Two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition.
- More emphasis on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
- Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages.
- Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared.
- The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2.
- Researching key events and individuals in KS2.
It is the intent of Towngate Primary Academy for Design Technology to taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term, which includes one topic relating to food. Design Technology projects are often made cross curricular - linking to other subjects taught. Across the academy we also raise the profile of Design Technology through our INSPIRE events.
The teaching of Design Technology across the academy follows the National Curriculum through the use of Design and Tecnology Association's 'Projects On A Page' documents. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the academy with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.
Also, through Design Technology there are many approaches and attitudes to learning which have links to British Values and SMSC which can be promoted and this is something as an academy we are working to develop. Please see the document titled 'Promotion of British Values and SMSC through Design Technology' for further details.
In Key Stage 1:
Within key stage 1 we also aim to develop design, creativity and problem solving through purposeful design projects which promote the children's skills in developing as individuals and as part of a team. Key stage 1 also aims to promote in children a clear understanding of where food comes from.
In Key Stage 2:
Within key stage 2 key events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design Technology are teaching focuses that are to be covered.
The use of computer programmes and applications are also a key focus to be utilised by children in their design of their products.
Assessment of children's learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.
Summative assessment is conducted by class techers across each year group of the academy to inform the sbject leader of progress or skills and knowledge still to be embedded.
Design Technology is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of book monitoring, lesson observations and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place.
Please visit our twitter feed to see what we are learning about across the school in Design Technology:
For further details on the current topics, themes and skills being taught see the documents below:
- DT Curriculum Map-Overview
- Promotion of British Values and SMSC through Design Technology
- DT Policy 2018/19
- DT skills progression across the academy
- 1_ 2 Sliders and levers
- 1_2 Freestanding structures
- 1_2 Preparing fruit and vegetables
- 1_2 Templates and joining
- 1_2 Wheels and axles
- 3_4 2D shape to 3D product
- 3_4 Healthy and varied diet
- 3_4 Levers and linkages
- 3_4 Shell structures
- 3_4 Simple circuits and switches
- 5_6 Celebrating culture and seasonality
- 5_6 Combining different fabric shapes
- 5_6 Frame structures
- 5_6 More complex switches
- 5_6 Pulleys or gears