Design Technology

Introduction

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous, and practical subject. 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. Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Design and Technology aims to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of user’s critique. They evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others to understand as well as applying the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

SMSC, Diversity and Cultural Capital

At Mount Pleasant Primary School, we clearly understand our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures, and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school as well as our vision of “Think Big, Aim High and Achieve”. Children make good links to British history in year 6 when they make Anderson shelters, linked to WW2. Year one children make links with the capital of London through studying the Great Fire of London and creating Pudding Lane models to test their strength. Year 4 who look at Roman shields and villages, making comparisons to then and now. Pupils also have a chance to see how British made products have advanced and changed over the years, supporting the public and many other countries, cultures and lifestyles.

Planning and Implementation

Design & Technology is taught through making links with learning in other subjects such as History, Geography and Science. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term and medium-term plans map out the themes covered each term for each key stage. These plans define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term. All planning has vocabulary relevant to the topic and the skills and knowledge children are going to acquire. Retrieval practice is used to ensure that children are building on knowledge and skills they have learned over the previous term /years.

For each Design technology topic, children have their own booklet which covers all the key elements of DT, such as evaluation, design and make. This ensures all children fully focus on the cycle of design and teachnology.

Assessment

At the end of each unit, children’s learning is assessed against the objectives and skills identified on the planning. A bronze, silver or gold sticker is added which demonstrates their attainment for that unit.

Enrichment Activities

  • We have variety of after school clubs which children are be able to engage in: cooking clubs, sewing clubs, and a craft club.
  • Children are enrolled into a STEM competition every year whereby they design and plan a product that supports people.
  • Children take in a ‘Bake-off’ Competition each year whereby they take apples grown within the school garden and create a bake where the apple is the star of the dish.
  • STEM days have been introduced to the school. Each year group are given a theme and children have a day to pre-evaluate products, plan, and design, make and test products at the end of the day. This day allows staff to plug the gaps in the curriculum. E.g., Circuits and CAD/CAM

Pupil Voice

“I like D.T because it’s fun and relaxing when we’re making things.”

“My favourite units were when I learnt how to do embroidery and weaving.”

“D.T is an important subject because we need to learn how to make different things.”

“The new skill I learnt was how to make pop up books.”

“I want to become an inventor so I really enjoy making things in D.T. It helps me to get ideas.”

Files to Download