Welcome to the Deign and Technology curriculum page.
DT is a very broad subject throughout the school.
An important feature of DT is that it makes immediate and practical use of knowledge and skills from other subjects. It can be linked o most areas of the curriculum, both core and foundation subjects and will naturally link much of the experience of young people so that they are better prepared for living and working in the outside world.
It does this by teaching the technical understanding, design methods and making skills that are needed to produce practical solutions to real problems.
The subject stimulates the mind and allows the Childs creativity to flow, continually learning throughout DT tasks. A natural extension for many of our students will become familiar with a huge variety of materials, their uses and how they are used for particular reasons (huge links with science curriculum)
DT in Key stage 1
DT mainly relies in the experience of designing and using materials. Their play with toys and objects around them is used imaginatively to stimulate (sometime through adult led activities) i.e. making a den using boxes, chairs and various materials.
Children should be taught in these early years to work with materials more precisely and use simple tools safely. A wide range of materials are used, those that easily formed such as modelling clay and foods and those that need to be assembled such as paper and card.
Children should be allowed to manipulate materials independently, where appropriate, to promote creativity and understanding.
A key feature for pupils in this age range should be reinforcing and improving these specific skills.
Key Stage 2
Children will begin to underpin skills that they have already learned and should be encourage to continue to use basic tools and materials based on their experience from KS1
Where possible children will be allowed to suggest simple suggestions where their work could be improved. This will incorporate trial and error activities.
Simple mechanisms and an introduction of basic electronics, possibly using construction kits should be introduced during this period of school. This could take the form of using building blocks, making circuits, use of lights (Light and Dark), making cars/transport using kits available.
Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their DT capability through:
Assignments where they develop and make products
Focused practical tasks in which they develop and practice particular skills
Activities in which they investigate
Work with a range of materials and component including staff and flexible, mouldable materials, textiles, food and construction kits
Work independently and in teams
Apply knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum
Consider appearance when developing products
Select appropriate tools and techniques
Use tools correctly
Apply finishing techniques to products, including paint, and mosaic finishing
Evaluate materials before making a product e.g. strength, appearance
Display some understanding that materials can be combined and mixed to create more useful properties
Key stage 1 and lower KS2 skills
1. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their DT capability through
a) Assignments where they are assisted in the design and making of products
b) Practical skills which they develop and practice
c) Activities which allows them to investigate products
d) working with a range of materials and components that can be made into products, e.g. food, junk modelling
e) Apply skills and knowledge and understanding developed through work on other subjects
f) Develop ideas throughout a range of different materials
g) Select materials, tools and techniques where appropriate
h) Apply simple finishing techniques such as painting
i) Assisting cutting and joining and combining materials
Key stage 3
By now the young people will have some basic knowledge of using tools, materials and constructions kits.
They will now be working towards more complex activities including projects which take into account cost and manufacture e.g. enterprise activities.
A greater range of materials should be introduced and should be encouraged to select products to make their items. The young people will be encouraged to demonstrate some aspects of safety when using materials and potentionally dangerous tools.Use of photography will also be encouraged to detect problems in their project and to communicate the process that they have used