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Welcome to D&T at Perton First School.

 

 

Purpose of Study

 

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Pupils use creativity and imagination, they design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and other's needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils also learn to take risk, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

 

 

This area of our curriculum enables children in our school to turn their ideas into reality. We encourage and inspire individuals to work creatively, through a structured and planned format that links to topics.

 

D&T in Early Years

 

Within Early Years we encourage our young children to work practically, using construction and a range of equipment to explore creativity. Children access  activities such as junk modelling, modelling with clay and many other materials. Children are offered a range of activities so that they can build or make for a purpose. We encourage them to select appropriate resources and adapt work where necessary. They develop skills to shape, assemble and join materials they are using to create simple representations of objects.

 

 

Key Stage 1

 

This subject is broken down the subject into 3 essential categories;

Design

• design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves

and other users based on design criteria

• generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing,

templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

 

Make

• select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical

tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]

• select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including

construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.

 

Evaluate

• explore and evaluate a range of existing products

• evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

• Technical knowledge

• build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

• explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders,

wheels and axles], in their products.

• Cooking and nutrition

• use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes

• understand where food comes from.

 

 

Key Stage 2

 

Design

• use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional,

appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups

• generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through

discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams,

prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

 

Make

• select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform

practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing],

• accurately select from and use a wider range of materials and

components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients,

according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

 

Evaluate

• investigate and analyse a range of existing products

• evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria

and consider the views of others to improve their work

• understand how key events and individuals in design and

technology have helped shape the world

• Technical knowledge

• apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen

and reinforce more complex structures

• understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for

example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]

• understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example,

series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]

• apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

• Cooking and nutrition

• understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet

• prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury

dishes using a range of cooking techniques

• understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of

ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

 

During D&T lessons, children will work individually or in small groups. They will work together building ideas and then use self or peer assessment. This is a skill that enables individuals to make judgements of their own work and the work of others to develop existing ideas and reflect on their designs.

 

 

 

We have more recently had an outside visitor come into school to share his experience of being an Engineer, he worked with various classes across school. The children really enjoyed sharing their designs with him and some of our designs have been entered into a competition.

 

Last term during lunch time, pupils from Key stage 2, enjoyed a sewing club, this group worked very hard to design and create purses and Christmas decorations. A fun time was had by all!

 

High quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. It enables children to follow the school ethos of Dream, Believe, Achieve in a practical way.
 

 

New National Curriculum 2014

New National Curriculum 2014

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