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Design and technology is often one of a child’s favourite subjects, children like making decisions for themselves and doing practical work. They love creating products they can see, touch- and even taste for themselves.

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and technology brings learning to life, it is a motivating context for discovering literacy, mathematics, science, computing, PSHE and art.

Pupils learn how to take and manage risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Design and technology gives young people the core skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world as adults and to harness the benefits of technology. They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured and how to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them. 

High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation and therefore is taught thoroughly by all teachers, giving it the time and weighting in the curriculum it requires.  

Aims: 

The aims of design and technology are: 

  •  To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;  

  • To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;  

  • To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;  

  •  To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it;  

  •  To develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society;  

  •  To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making 

Monitoring and Assessment 

It is the responsibility of the Design Technology Co-ordinator to: 

  • Monitor the Design Technology curriculum through updating the school’s policy, close communication with other teachers and staff, observation of children’s work and photographs of display work; 

  • Provide INSET training where appropriate. Where possible time will be made available to allow the co-ordinator opportunities to visit other classes, enabling monitoring and support to take place more effectively; 

  • When assessing children’s work, teachers should take into account ongoing work in sketches and plans as well as other completed design work throughout the year; 

  • At the end of each term, teachers to record children’s working at a typical, above or below expectation within their year group. 

 

Please click below for the Design & Technology Timetable: