Design Technology (DT)
At Becket Primary School we aim to provide an inspiring and imaginative Design and Technology curriculum for all of our pupils.
We intend to provide a broad range of creative and practical activities so that the children become thoughtful, resilient, resourceful and innovative designers. We aim to foster learners who are not afraid to fail and are willing to re-evaluate their efforts before creating a final product.
Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore, work with and evaluate a variety of models and materials across a range of themes.
By the time our pupils leave the school, they will have developed a critical understanding of the impact of design technology on everyday life and the wider world.
Implementation of DT at Becket Primary School
Design Technology is a foundation subject taught within the ‘Understanding science and Technology’ strand, linked to wider topics and included in the topic skills planning. It is planned as a sequence of lessons but can be block taught or taught weekly. These skills are taken from The DT progression grids based on the 2014 National Curriculum and are split into the key strands of Textiles, cooking, mouldable materials, mechanisms and structures. These grids are also used for assessment, where staff highlight the objectives taught at the end of each term.
DT is planned from Years one to six with a clear process in mind, and based upon real life problems, objectives are taken from the progression grids. Embedded into the design process and skills development is a whole stage based upon self-evaluation of their work. We have non-negotiables in place where children must evaluate their work as they go. Ideas are shared with the class and discussed with a star and a wish in mind, peers comment on aspects they like and make some suggestions on what could be improved in their own and others work.
We have strong embedded working partnerships with local businesses such as Rolls Royce through STEM projects. This gives children the chance to work with and study real engineers enabling children to see DT being used authentically and for a purpose.
During the Early Years Foundation Stage, the essential building blocks of children’s design and technology capability are established. There are many opportunities for carrying out D&T-related play activities in all areas of learning. It is very similar to the school process but it takes the whole foundation stage to complete. Initially children investigate, explore andhave a go.
As time goes on they are expected to be more active learners and keep going when they encounter difficulty, until they are developing their own ideas and thinking critically. Specifically, ‘Designing and Making’ is identified and assessed as a strand within Expressive Art and Design and links closely to Art. By the end of the EYFS, most children should be able to:
- Construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources
- Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Build and construct with a wide range of objects, selecting appropriate resources and adapting their work when necessary
- Select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.