Design & Technology
The DT curriculum has been purposefully designed to ensure the key aspects of DT such as: structures, food, mechanisms etc are taught through a spiral curriculum to ensure all children have the chance to embed and retain the key practical skills and knowledge.
Where possible there is a meaningful link to the classes’ current topic to ensure there is a real purpose for their product with an identified intended user. DT gives children the opportunity to become designers and inventors, allowing them to develop their creative skills and have a deeper understanding of how everyday products work and are designed.
All DT topics follow the same process:
- Investigating and evaluating similar products to deepen their understanding of the brief.
- Focused tasks will develop their understanding of technical knowledge, for example: Investigating how to strengthen a structure to make it stable.
- Designing their product using the knowledge they have acquired so far from the topic and following the design criteria.
- Making their product; implementing technical skills and finishing techniques.
- Finally, evaluating their product against their original criteria.