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“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.”

 Steve Jobs 

 

At Kingsley, our Design Technology curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more. It is designed to inspire children to think innovatively and inquisitively. We provide varied learning opportunities which aim to develop not only children’s technical skill in design & technology; but also to develop their wider knowledge of product design and their ability to apply vocabulary accurately.

Design & technology is delivered as a discrete subject and, wherever possible, cross curricular links are formed. Design & technology links well with many other subjects, such as art, maths and science and teachers carefully plan these links to ensure they are meaningful. However, teachers make it explicit to the children that they are learning design & technology skills and encourage them to think like ‘Designers.’ The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. 

Pupils are shown how to work in accordance with health and safety guidance when using tools and materials.

 National Curriculum

The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise need to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • 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 users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Early Years Foundation Stage

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose
  • Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely
  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary
  • Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 1

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts, (for example the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment).

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:

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, (or 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.

 National Curriculum requirements for food and Nutrition at KS1

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes 
  • Understand where food comes from. 

 

In Key Stage 2:

Within key stage 2 key events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design Technology are teaching focuses that are to be covered. 
The use of computer programmes and applications are also a key focus to be utilised by children in their design of their products.

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 2

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts, for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment. 

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to: 

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, such as 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 as gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages)
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products, (for example series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors) 
  • To apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.

 National Curriculum requirements for food and nutrition at KS2 

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. 

Pupils should be taught to: 

  • 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 
  • To understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. 

 Progression of Skills 

View document dt_progression_of_skills_2020-2021.pdf

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