Design & Technology

Why is Design Technology important?

Design Technology helps prepare children to take part in the development of today’s rapidly changing world. This creative thinking will encourage children to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. This enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of Design and Technology the children will combine practical skills with an aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflects on and evaluate present and past Design and Technology, its uses and impacts. Design and Technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. 

When is Design Technology taught?

Design Technology is taught both discretely (Focused Tasks / Design, Make, Evaluate Assignments) and through thematic units. The Whole-school Overview below maps out which thematic units feature this subject. Focused tasks are planned in across each phase as you can see from the document below: 

Focused DT Tasks 

How is Design Technology taught?                                                                                    

The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Design and Technology. This is achieved by giving pupils the opportunity to develop these skills by teaching Design Technology through a combination of subject knowledge, skill building and design and make projects. Food technology is also taught through thematic units. The learning and building of practical skills takes place both inside and outside the classroom. 

What do we learn in Design Technology?

In Design Technology we learn about: Mechanisms, Sliders, Textiles, Food Technology and Electronics. We also complete design technology projects in each phase for specified clients e.g. the pirate, the evil genius, allowing pupils the opportunity to both experiment and apply their knowledge and skills.