Design & Technology

‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’

Steve Jobs

As teachers of design technology we…

…will follow the National Curriculum’s framework and aim to equip our young children with the knowledge and skills to design, make and evaluate using a range of materials. We provide children with a design brief to provide a purpose for their work and ensure that time is spent researching existing designs and products. For example, during the textiles topic children design and make a product made from recyclable materials providing excellent cross curricular links to science as they research materials and their properties. Linked to ‘Megastructures’ pupils develop good technical knowledge of mechanisms and structures and begin to explore questions as to why buildings from around the world have been designed and built in a particular way.

For a term we focus on one of the three aspects of design which includes textiles, structures and moving parts. During the term, the children will have time to learn, apply and improve design technology skills through high quality modelling, scaffolding and feedback from adults and peers. At the end of each term we expect that the children will create a high quality product which will be showcased.

Through Design Technology we provide the opportunity for pupils to work collaboratively, sharing and generating ideas as a team. Our termly themed ‘build a den’ day allows pupils to build on a large scale with natural resources and encourages risk taking and problem solving. Cookery is built into the curriculum throughout the year and children develop a good understanding of the importance of healthy eating and where food comes from including growing our own produce in the school allotment. 

We encourage children to be curious and use their imagination as designers. For example, our whole school ‘Dragon’s Den’ project encourages children to design and create a ‘new’ product, which would be of interest to purchase/ invest in. Children present their ideas and plans in front of a panel, building their confidence, presentation and speaking and listening skills. Throughout the school year pupils are also involved in designing and making other products, for example they make a range of crafts to sell on the Christmas market stall in the aim to raise money for our link school in Tanzania.

National Curriculum 2014

In design and technology, pupils will have the opportunity to learn to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
  • 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

Inspired by Chris Quigley Ltd

Pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and skills as designers by:

  • creating designs and drawings to show their ideas
  • using a variety of tools and materials
  • using their imagination
  • evaluating, changing and adapting my ideas
  • considering the purpose of their design