Design and Technology
As Designers and technologists, we do not just stop at our curiosity of how things work but instead look at how we can think creatively to problem solve and make products even better. At St Paul’s CofE Junior School, we understand the diversity of the world and the importance of exposing our pupils to a wide range of products that can inspire their curiosity and creativity, as well as the thought-processes involved in creating such products. Through this exposure, children take on the role of developer, evaluator, and that of a critique, exploring how products can be developed or adapted for different users as well as creating and testing prototypes to give purpose to projects. Children need a hands-on approach that also gives access to other areas of the curriculum such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art. Skills and techniques developed through Design and Technology are of great importance in our everchanging technological world to ensure that children are equipped for the next stages in their lives.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities often linked to our termly topics, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider function and purpose, and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).
When designing and making, the children are taught to:
• Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at individuals or groups.
• Generate, develop, model, and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, diagrams, prototypes, and pattern pieces.
• Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining, and finishing, as well as chopping and slicing) accurately.
• Select from and use a wider range of materials, ingredients, and components, including construction materials, textiles, and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste.
• Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
• Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
• Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
• Understand and use electrical systems in their products.
• Understand some of the ways that food can be processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).
Key skills and key knowledge for D & T have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. The context for the children’s work in Design and Technology is also well considered and children learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study.
Through our curriculum the children build on their D&T knowledge and skills each year. As designers, they can develop skills and attributes which they can use beyond school and into adulthood. They learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, and capable citizens. Ongoing assessment is used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children. Displaying the children’s projects enhance the school environment and reflect the children’s sense of pride in their D&T work. By the end of their time in Year 6, each child will have taken part in two Enterprise projects where they have taken a product from the design stage to market and subsequently presented what they have achieved to a panel of local business experts which helps contextualise their D&T skills with real world applications. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.
Progression of Skills