Ninfield C of E Primary School

Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

DT

 Design and Technology

Our intent

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well.  Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity”. James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd.

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. 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.

 

The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

 

Curriculum Implementation

  • At Ninfield CE Primary School, Desogn and Technology is is taught in every year group,
  • We use a skills-based approach to teaching and Design Technology learning using objectives taken from the National Curriculum. We teach DT skills discretely, making relevant cross-curricular links, and ensure all children access all areas of the Design Technology Curriculum.
  • Pupils develop their understanding of the ways in which people in the past and present have used design to meet their needs.
  • Children design and make quality products using a range of tools, materials, and components, make connections with their learning across the curriculum including in maths, computing, science, and art and reflect on and evaluate techniques using subject-specific vocabulary.
  • Teachers follow a clear progression of skills which ensure all pupils are challenged in -line with their year group expectations and given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge.
  • To support teaching, staff access a range of resources

 

Impact:

The impact of our Design and Technology curriculum is in the development of our pupils being able to approach problems creatively and in a range of ways, applying their knowledge from across the curriculum areas independently. Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities the pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They gain a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to see them equipped to take on further learning in their secondary school settings.

 

Formative assessment will be carried out by teachers in the course of their teaching and is used as to guide the process of individual pupils in design and technology.  It involves identifying progress to determine what each child has learned and what should be the next stage in their learning.

We expect the children to know more, remember more and understand more about Design and Technology and develop a love for this area of the curriculum.

 

At Ninfield C.E Primary School, we have worked hard to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all children to reach their full potential. 

 Aims:

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

- 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.

 In Key Stage 2, where we have mixed age classes, we endeavour to provide the children with the opportunity to develop and build upon skills previously learnt. 

Our Design and Technology curriculum has been designed to link closely with history and geography and will run across a two year rolling programme enabling the children to enjoy and experience DT in a variety of contexts.  It aims to ensure that children in Key Stage 2 cover all aspects of the Design and Technology National Curriculum.

DT Long Term Plan

DT skills progression