Design & Technology

 

“Because our children enjoy the opportunity to be creative: our creative curriculum gives them opportunities to express themselves individually through a range of media.”

 

At Studlands Rise pupils use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve problems in a range of contexts. They draw on the disciplines o other subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful and innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. They evaluate notable designers and existing products to inspire them to create their own ideas and designs. 

 

Intent

 

At Studlands Rise First School, we have designed our Design and Technology (D&T) curriculum with the intent that our children will gain a practical understanding of the world around them, and become resilient, independent, creative thinkers with the confidence to use, and build on, their learning outside of the classroom.

We will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Will arch across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, though the Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) National Curriculum and prepare children for the journey beyond.
  • Facilitates creative learning that provides opportunity for the development of higher order thinking skills.
  • Scaffolded by excellent teaching practices, allows children to develop functional, appealing products that are aimed at particular individuals or groups and are fit for purpose.
  • Promotes analytical thinking, in identifying the features, problems and solutions in products.
  • Will challenge children to research information and think for themselves, give reasoned answers, work independently, be enterprising, and develop good resilience and attitudes to learning.
  • Builds on prior learning and promotes the progression of skills.
  • Creates a fun, enjoyable and engaging environment and memorable learning experiences.
  • Allows children to consider the views of others, evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria to improve their work

 

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in design and technology, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Design and technology is taught as part of a half termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. In the EYFS, children will enhance their ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ skills, and their confidence and enjoyment in expressing ideas through making activities, which will be woven into their daily learning opportunities and environment.

 

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.

They have the opportunities to learn to:

• Use different media and materials to express their own ideas

• Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose

• Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources

• Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely

• Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary

• Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines.

 

At Studlands, we ensure that design and technology is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.

When teaching design and technology, teachers should follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.  Part of implementing an effective Design and Technology curriculum is encouraging children to work collaboratively with others. Collaborative work in Design and Technology develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, abilities and beliefs of others. It also helps children to respect their environment and the health and safety of themselves and others.

Design and Technology is implemented in 5 different units across the academic year:

Food

Electricity

Structures

Textiles

Mechanisms.

 

From Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, we aim to provide a progressive scheme of work where children will acquire new skills each year built upon those previously taught.

Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning hooks:

 

Master practical skills

Design, make, evaluate and improve

Take inspiration from design throughout history

 

These key concepts or as we like to explain them to children – learning hooks, underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.

 

 
At Studlands Rise, we are Designers & Technologists.                                 

 

We have...

  • Good levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.

 

  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.

 

  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.

 

  • The ability to carry out research, show initiative and ask questions to develop a detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working carefully and working safely.

 

  • A knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.

 

  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.

 

  • The ability to make products safely and hygienically.

 

  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
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