At William Reynolds Primary School, we recognise the importance of encouraging pupils to think and intervene creatively to solve problems around them. Children will develop technical understanding, skills, learn about design methods and investigate their environment and everyday materials.

Our three principle aims for Design Technology are for children to:

  • Think and intervene creatively to solve problems
  • Choose appropriate tools and materials to apply DT skills to real world context
  • Understand about food and nutrition linked to the real world

We are committed to encouraging children to foster an enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making. It provides first-hand experiences for children to explore attitudes towards the world and how we live and work within it.

Intent

At William Reynolds Primary School, we have designed the DT curriculum to develop learning and build knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

We aim to provide children with a DT education that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food, and woodwork; through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary and resilience.

Implementation

At William Reynolds Primary School, we believe that children need to design products with a purpose in mind for an intended person. Using cross curricular links children draw upon subject knowledge and skills from Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art. Children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient. Through the evaluation of past and present technology they can reflect upon the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare nutritional products. Key skills and key knowledge for Design Technology have been mapped across the school to ensure there is a clear progression of skills between year groups and key stages.

The key skills we teach the children in Design Technology are:

  • sewing and textiles
  • cooking and nutrition
  • electrical and mechanical components
  • using materials in different ways

Impact

As a result of a well-structured and planned curriculum, pupils will understand Design and Technology as a process of plan, make and evaluate and they will understand, and be able to discuss, the relevance to their everyday lives. Children are prepared to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world and are becoming more creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.

DT Progression Document

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Every unit has a practical brief towards which the children work. Each brief has been developed with the emphasis on use and purpose.

Design Technology is a journey of exploration and discovery on the way producing to a finished product. Here are some of ours.