DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
At Bournehall Primary School we value design and technology because it:
prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world
encourages curiosity, creativity and imagination
is about solving real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering the needs, wants and values of oneself and others
fosters independent, creative problem solving and thinking, both individually and as part of a team
develops critical understanding of the impact of technology on our daily life and the wider world
provides a framework for deep learning
develops skills that will enable children to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
teaches children to reflect on and evaluate design and technology in history and in the modern world – and to consider those that might shape the future
combines practical skills with the application and transference of knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum
unlocks the potential of the designers and innovators of the future
A TECHNOLOGIST HAS:
a significant level of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
an excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
the ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
the ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
the ability to act as a responsible designer and maker, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
a thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
the ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
the ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
a passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
Chris Quigley – Essentials Curriculum
CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING
Children tell us that they enjoy design and technology and learn best when they:
carry out their own research of products
understand the big picture and small steps
show what they have learned in different ways
see and learn technical words
can choose from many different resources
see how technology is used in the real world
ask their own questions
share their learning with others
Design and Technology:
When designing and making, children are taught to:
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 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
"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works." Steve Jobs