DT

Intent

Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject requiring precision and meticulous attention to detail. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Rosedale Primary School, 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. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other areas of the curriculum such as Mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. 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. 

Implementation

We have carefully adapted, planned and sequenced our own bespoke DT curriculum using guidance from the DT association. The schemes ensure teachers have progressively covered the knowledge, understanding and skills required in Development Matters 2020 and the National Curriculum. 

Through a variety of creative and practical learning challenges, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing, making and evaluating. The children work in a range of relevant contexts (for example home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment). 

When designing and making, the children are taught to: 

Design 

using research and developing design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups 

by generating, developing, modelling and communicating their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design 

Make 

selecting from and using a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing) accurately 

selecting from and using a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities 

Evaluate 

by investigating and analysing a range of existing products 

evaluating their own ideas and products against their design criteria and consider the views of others to improve and adapt their work 

understanding how key events and individuals including engineers, architects and chefs in design and technology have helped shape the world 

Technical knowledge 

applying their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures 

understanding and using mechanical systems in their products 

understanding and using electrical systems in their products 

applying their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products 

Health and Safety 

All children are taught to follow any Health and Safety guidelines appropriate to each scheme of work. 

Children are also taught to recognise hazards during each learning challenge and respond appropriately by taking action to control the risks. (See Health and Safety Policy). 

Impact

We ensure the 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 and 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. 

Children will design and make a range of products. 

A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child 

Children 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.