Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. (National Curriculum 2014)
Design technology is taught in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. In Key Stage One, children are taught through practical activities the knowledge, understanding and skills needed in the process of designing and making. In Key Stage Two, children are expected to use research and develop design criteria to inform designs of functional and appealing products that are aimed for particular groups.
In both Key Stages children are expected to design, make, evaluate and use technical knowledge to enhance their knowledge of different processes.
An important aspect of Design Technology is food. Children will be taught how to cook and understand the nutritional benefits of food as well as encouraging a healthy eating approach. At Knowles Infant school we believe that learning how to cook is an important life skill that children will continue to build upon.
Lessons will be taught by class teachers using both inside and outside spaces. Occasionally visitors or specialist teachers may be invited into school. A new and exciting food technology will also be available for children to practise their cooking skills.
Experiences and expectations will differ within each Key Stage. Examples of the learning across the school: Year 2 the children will take inspiration from the story’ the lighthouse keeper’s lunch’ and give the children the context of making a pulley system to lift the light house keeper’s lunch basket from the bottom of the lighthouse to the top. Children will learn how to be a designer using pencils to highlight corners and emphasise detail. During year 6 children will take photographs of urban structures, draw and design virtual city scape. Children will use programs such as 3D Sketchup. They will use design grids as drawing is still really important for designers and is one of the most important skills.
The planning across the key stages will show progression of practical skills with the aim to instil pride by achieving finished work that is of a high standard.