Our Design Technology Coordintor is Miss H Johnson
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 + 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.
How is Design Technology Taught?
Design Technology is taught in all year groups and 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.
For further details on the current topics, themes and skills being taught see the documents below:
- DT Curriculum Map-Overview
- DT Policy
- 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