What are the aims of teaching DT?
The National Curriculum for design and technology (DT) 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.
How is the National Curriculum covered in DT?
Here at Bramley St. Peter’s each class takes part in three design and technology projects across the course of the school year.
Each child has the chance to discover and develop their technical, practical and creative skills through a construction based project. During this they will build and develop functional structures using a variety of materials and tools.
Children have the chance to explore materials and stitching within a textile based project. Design plays a big part in this and children will learn to use different types of stitches, along with other useful techniques. They will create textile based objects that are usable and useful.
As well as this they take part in a cooking based topic. KS1 work alongside class teachers to learn the basic skills of cooking. They explore the importance of healthy diets and safe and hygienic surfaces and tools. They also explore a variety of ingredients and learn to weigh and measure these. All of KS2 are taught cooking in small groups to make more complex savoury foods.
What skills are covered during lessons?
During these lessons children will learn and develop skills which can be broken down into five main areas. These being:
- Developing, planning and communicating ideas – Here children will develop skills in planning and designing functional creations. They will learn to draw detailed diagrams and will report using technical vocabulary.
- Food – Here children will learn to prepare food products. They will taste a range of ingredients and food items to develop a sensory food vocabulary. They will weigh and measure using scales and will cut and shape ingredients using appropriate tools and equipments. Children will also learn about healthy diets and develop an understanding about safety and hygiene.
- Textiles – Here children will make quality products and develop sewing and decorative skills.
- Construction and sheet materials – Here children will develop the skills to use various tools to cut accurately and safely, join and combine materials and choose appropriate materials for the purpose. As they make their way into Years 5 and 6 children will learn how to control a model using ICT.
- Evaluating – Here children will develop their skills of evaluating not only of their own designs and products but those of others as well. They will use design criteria to make informed decisions and reflect on their work, suggesting ways in which it could be improved.
How is progression achieved?
We have a long term plan that details the skills progression in DT across the year groups. The process of research, design, create and evaluate is used across every DT project and this is used to make informed decisions about each child’s progression.