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Design and Technology (DT)

The Subject Leader for Design and Technology (DT) is Mrs. Evans

 

Design and Technology (D&T)

 

Rationale:

 

Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discerning and informed consumers and potential innovators.

 

Intent

 

Through our teaching of Design and Technology we aim to:

•    Develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like

     and dislike when designing and making things

•    Enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas

•    Encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product

     whilst following safe procedures

•    Explore attitudes towards the world and how we live and work within it

•    Develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture

     and their contribution to our society

•    Foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things

•    Develop the cross-curricular use of design and technology in other subjects

 

 

Teaching for every child

Key Stage 1

 

Children are taught to:
* look at and talk about familiar products (made of materials such as card, textiles and food) to see how they work
* practise simple practical skills and do tasks, such as cutting, folding and gluing, which they will use as they make their own products
* plan and create their own products, using what they have learned.

 

Teaching for every child

Key Stage 2

 

Children are taught to:
* look at products to see how they work and how they are used, and ask the views of people who use them
* practise practical skills and tasks, such as cutting, joining, fixing and connecting
* design and create their own products, using what they have learned. They learn how to test their work, and may use computers to help them. The products use familiar materials such as card, textiles and food, but also mouldable materials, and electrical and mechanical parts.

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