Coordinator Mrs Emma Oddy
Design and Technology (D&T) is a vital part of our curriculum as it helps to prepare children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. D&T should provide children with a real-life context for learning whilst learning about past and present technology. At Netherthong Primary School, children receive a D&T curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making.
The children will work towards end goals following the principles of the 3Ss – Make ‘Something’ – For ‘Someone’ – For ‘Some Purpose’.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Through our Design and Technology projects we encourage the children from Foundation Years through to year 6 to learn to think and be innovative creatively solving problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Netherthong School, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
- Enhancement - We plan to be involved in local STEM projects and competitions. For example; ‘Primary Engineer Leaders Award’ and ‘National UK design competition’ This involves a visit from a local engineer. We recognise that to have impact the planned enhancements must be clearly linked to the Design Technology skills and knowledge and provide the opportunity for children to be as innovative as their creativity, skills and knowledge allows applying what they already know.
At Netherthong primary School Design and Technology is taught through creative meaningful lessons wherever possible to invite into school actual engineers or be given first hand experiences to inspire the learning. Children are then guided through the three phases of designing, making and evaluating their own products. As a school we follow ‘Projects on a Page’ scheme of work which cleverly allows for creativity and flexibility and ensures progression from Y1 to Y6 building on previous knowledge.
Food Technology, mechanical movements, electricity, textiles and 3D structures are the broad headings the projects involved in the scheme.
During these session, many cross-curricular links are drawn upon. Links are easy to come across during any lesson; children are continuously measuring during the ‘design’ and ‘make’ phases of lessons. During cooking topics, children are measuring out ingredients, as well as calculating the quantities of different recipes. Food technology is implemented across the school each year with children developing an understanding of where food comes from (Geography), the importance of a varied and healthy diet (Science) and how to prepare this.
Instructions are often created as part of the ‘design’ phase, which has a direct link to English. Through the children presenting their products confidently speaking skills are practiced. Science knowledge is practiced when children are creating products that contain electrical components, for example in Year 4 and 6. Teachers also encourage children to consider the impact their product can have on the wider world, to ensure they realise the difference they could may make in the future.
Children in the foundation stage have similar opportunities throughout their year in the Reception class.
Each topic ends with all children creating a final product; these products are a fantastic way for children to demonstrate the new skills they have learnt and their new vocabulary by listening to the children’s voice. Each lesson and project builds on the previous and children’s knowledge is improved throughout each new project. Through monitoring it will be clear to see the progression of skills, knowledge and quality of products throughout each school year group.
As creative designers we hope the children will develop the skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into their adulthood.
Useful sights for Parents and children for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) activities to try out at home.