Design & Technology
Our Vision at Corporation Road
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. 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. Design and Technology is split into four strands –Structures, Mechanical Systems, Textiles and Food.
At Corporation Road, we would like children to draw on skills from a range of subjects such as mathematics, science, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Design and Technology education begins well before children begin their formal schooling. Children constantly explore their world through a variety of activities and it is vital for us to continue to extend this. The child’s increasing understanding of the process of design and technology should match their intellectual and physical development throughout their primary education.
|Making, Using and Understanding||Tools, Materials, Health & Safety, Repair & Maintenance, Textiles, Card Making, Joining, Structures, Mechanisms, Preparing & Cooking Food, Nutrition, Origins of Food|
|Planning, Knowledge and Evaluation||Designing, Working from Plans, Existing Product Evaluation and Evaluation|
DT Progression Map
For children to understand that design and technology can bring people together from their local and wider community. Understand that design and technology bring together a richness of cultures, beliefs and religions from across the world. Understand similarities and differences when we compare what materials and skills we use, to communities past and present, near and far. To know that through design and technology, you can contribute to your local and wider community.
Gender & Equality
For children to have an appreciation and knowledge of the different strands within design and technology therefore understanding that you can contribute using a range of subject knowledge. To understand that irrespective of gender, race, beliefs, culture or religion, you can have an appreciation of and access to design and technology. For children to have the skills and knowledge to have the option of continuing design and technology in higher education and/or through a career.
For children to understand that as citizens, we can use design and technology to help work towards the betterment of the whole community. Children will learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Children will know that, through design and technology, you can meet the needs, wants and values of yourself and others.
Legacy & Impact
For children to understand and learn about legacies in design and technology left behind by key individuals and communities, which have had an impact on the way in which we live our lives, and influence what we learn, in society today. For children to develop design and technology skills so that they can choose to have an impact on their immediate and wider environment and influence others. For children to have the knowledge and ability to make their own mark on society knowing they themselves leave behind their own legacy.
- Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
- Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
- Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
- Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
- Explore and evaluate a range of existing products -evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria Technical knowledge –
- Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable -explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
Cooking and Nutrition
- Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
- Understand where food comes from.
- Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
- Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
- Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately.
- Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.
- 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
- Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.
- Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
- Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
- Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
- Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Cooking and Nutrition
- Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
- Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
- Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.