In design and technology we aim to give the children an insight into the world of designing and making, and how it affects our lives.
We analyse products, recognise problems, identify changes we would like to make and through investigation develop design ideas. Alongside this we study the properties of materials and through focused practical tasks we develop skills and incorporate them in making the designs.
The materials we use include wood, plastic, mouldable materials, food, textiles, mechanical components, electrical and electronic circuits, card and graphic media. Quality materials are provided for the children encouraging quality products. We provide opportunities for children to use computers to draw, deisgn and model their own ideas.
The children will be taught to use tools and equipment in an effective, safe and hygienic manner. Throughout all design and technology work the children are taught to work with consideration for others, to develop an ownership of their work, and extend their own criteria for a successful project.
In Y5 pupils are introduced to the design process and the way that ideas are carefully developed to achieve the best outcome. Pupils design and make a name badge and develop their making skills with a wind chimes project. there is a strong emphasis on safety during practical lessons.
Pupils begin Y6 with an intensive 3-D graphics course in the first half term. Pupils also use computer modeling in Y6 and they broaden their knowledge of materials and systems through closely guided project work.
Pupils broaden their DT experience in Y7 and get double the time allocation. They cook and work with textiles and the design process is biased towards a more professional approach considering the needs of other users specified by the pupils.
Building on their experience from Y7 pupils take a more holistic approach to DT. They design and make a musical instrument and explore other cultures to influence their work. There is a bias towards engineering materials in 'resistant materials' and pupils continue to develop their knowledge and skills in textiles and food technology.