‘Design and Technology is about making things that people want and work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.’
Vision & Aims
At Grove Road Primary School Design and Technology is about designing and making products for a specific need or purpose.
It involves children learning about the world we live in and developing a wide range of skills through designing and making. Design Technology encourages children to think creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team. Children learn to reflect on and evaluate present and past Design and Technology, its uses and its effectiveness.
Teaching & Learning
A wide range of skills and techniques are taught across the age ranges.
- 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 ICT
- Select from & use a range of tools & equipment to perform practical tasks such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing
- Select from & use a wide range of materials & components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
- Explore & evaluate a range of existing products
- Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
- Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
- Explore and use mechanisms, such as levers, slides, wheels and axles, in their products
- Use 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 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