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Design & Technology

Design and Technology is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.
Design and technology Association 2014


Design and technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. Using creativity and imagination, children 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. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present deign and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily like 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.


Through our delivery of the Design and technology curriculum we aim to ensure that all children:

 

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed 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.  


We use the scheme of work which has been designed by The Design and Technology Association. Below is an outline of the program which shows the topic children will be learning each term.

 

Design and Technology Long Term Plan

 

Key Stage 1

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year   1 Mechanisms
Sliders and levers
Structures
Freestanding Structures
Food
Preparing fruit and vegetables (including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS1)
Year   2 Mechanisms
Wheels and axles
Food
Preparing fruit and vegetables (including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS1)
Textiles
Templates and joining techniques

 

 

Lower Key Stage 2

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year   3 Structures
Shell structures (including computer aided design)
Food
Healthy and varied diet (including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS2)
Textiles
2D shape to 3D product
Year   4 Mechanical Systems
Leavers and linkages
Electrical Systems
Simple circuits and switches (including programming and control)
Food
Healthy and varied diet (including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS2)

 

Upper Key Stage 2

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year   5 Structures
Frame structures
Food
Celebrating culture and seasonality (including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS1)
Electrical Systems
More complex switches and circuits (including programming and control)
Year   6 Textiles
Combining different fabric shapes (including computer –aided design)
Mechanical Systems
Pulleys or gears
Food
Celebrating culture and seasonality (including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS1)

 

You can find out more about the design and technology program we use by visiting the Design and Technology Association website. 

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