The National Curriculum in England 2014 states that: ‘Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. The intent of the DT Curriculum at Glebe is to provide plenty of opportunities for the children to learn, apply and strengthen essential skills required in the designing, making and evaluating of an effective product for a given purpose. 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’. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
It is also the intent of the DT Curriculum to ensure that the children are well-equipped with useful technical knowledge to support them in the design and making of their product. For example: Learning how to strengthen a structure to make it more stable, learning how to use mechanisms or electrical systems in their designs and learning how to use computer programming to control a product.
In addition, the school aims to develop the children’s use and understanding of technical vocabulary associated with this subject. This is so that the children can articulate the skills that they have applied, the equipment that they have used and describe the material/s and features of the product that they have made.
In Early Years, the children develop essential basic skills in design and technology which prepares them for their transition into Year 1. This is by the teacher creating many opportunities for the children to carry out D&T related activities across all areas of learning.
By the end of Early Years, it is expected that the children will be able to:
- Construct with a purpose in mind.
- Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
- Build and construct with a wide range of objects, selecting appropriate resources and adapting their work when necessary.
- Select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.
RESEARCHING AND EXPLORING
Pupils will carry out research regarding the product that they are going to make so that they can use this research to support the design of their product.
They will explore products linked to their project. Here are some of the ways they do this:
· Researching the history of the product.
· Researching key individuals and events.
- Taking the product apart and looking at the material/s used to make it.
- Looking at the different features of the product.
- Establishing how the product is constructed.
- Questioning how effective it is in its purpose.
- Discussing what could be done to improve this product.
- Producing a list of key vocabulary linked to this product.
The children will draw/sketch designs and annotate this with information about their design such as, what features they have included in their design.
During this lesson the children will also answer questions such as:
- What materials will I need?
- What tools will I need?
- What technical skills will I need to practise before making the product? (Some of these may have been previously taught skills which need refreshing or be completely new)
TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE / SKILL
The children engage in a practical activity of practising technical knowledge or skill that they will be required to use when making their product. This may be a new skill or a skill previously practised but that required more practise.
The children make their product.
The children will not only evaluate the effectiveness of their product but also the skills that they applied. This will be recorded in their Art & DT book.
What is D.T. and why is it important?
Learning about food and cooking:
Video clips and activities from the BBC, for KS1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb9d7ty
And for KS2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyr9wmn
For learning about D.T. moments in history, visit: https://inventivekids.com/
And if you want to make better use of that big box of Lego in the attic: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/themes/letsbuildtogether/365-activities