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Design and Technology at Ainderby 

What do our children say about Design and technology?

“DT encourages me to think in different ways.”

“I can be imaginative.”

“I have to use different techniques to make something happen.”

“I like designing my own versions.”

Design and Technology Intent

We aim for our children to be creative, use their imaginations and be able to problem solve within D&T whilst developing their resilience as they realise that things go wrong. We learn from our trials and adjust designs accordingly to help make them better, just like James Dyson above.  

Children learn how to cook basic things as linked to our topics and are creative in their recipes whilst being able to evaluate their work and adapt to make in the future. 

Design and Technology Implementation

Our DT curriculum is based on Early Years 2021 Curriculum and the National Curriculum 2014 objectives for both key stage 1 and 2. Where we can, we link our D&T to the topics we are learning about to give their tasks a purpose. For example creating food from another culture and then adapting to our own choice of recipe. Investigating how to make a Tudor house and ways to strengthen and reinforce the structure. Children evaluate their work and discuss how it could be adapted or improved if it were to be repeated.

Design and Technology Impact 

Children will have confidence to design, make and evaluate products using different techniques. Ongoing assessment will be tracked using Target Tracker. 

In Key Stage 1, when designing and making, pupils should be taught to:   Reception children making porridge Reception children making porridge

Design

  • 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

Make

  • 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

Evaluate

  • 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

In Key Stage 2 when designing and making, pupils should be taught to:

Design

  • 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

Make

  • 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

Evaluate

  • 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

 Technical knowledge

  • 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 

Key Stage 1 children should be taught to:

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • understand where food comes from

Key Stage 2 children should be taught to:

  • 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 

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