“Design and Technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products”

– James Dyson

 

What is Design and Technology?

“Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creative 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.”

-National Curriculum

 

What is the aim of Design and Technology?

  1. Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  2. Build and apply key knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  3. Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  4. Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Intent

At SS Peter and Paul, we envisage children to think and work creatively to solve problems; both as individuals and collaboratively as members of a team, which is becoming increasingly important in the world we live in today. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Where possible, we encourage children to make connections to other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art, where they are given an opportunity to embed the skills in a purposeful context. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present technology and its usefulness.

Implementation

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Using a clear learning journey, children are able to show a clear process of research, design, make, improve and evaluate. At SS Peter and Paul, we deliver a range of Design and Technology projects with a clear structure, which includes challenging students at all levels. This work is evident in their topic books.  Children are able to explore a range of existing products and formulate opinions on these, in order to make design decisions for their own products.

Impact

Through offering an inspiring and innovative Design and Technology curriculum, the children will:

  • become more resourceful, creative and capable learners.
  • develop an understanding of its impact on the world, through the evaluation of past and present Design and Technology.
  • build and apply a range of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products and for a range of users and evaluate and test their ideas and products.
  • take risks and produce high-quality products.

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