Design and Technology involves applying knowledge and skills when designing and making products for a specific user whilst allowing for a creative and expressive element from the designer. The projects undertaken enable our children to consider the needs of individuals and society within our ever changing environment. Undertaking design and technology activities in school gives our children opportunities to use a range of materials, processes and techniques to work both independently or as part of a team. Activities undertaken here at St. Margaret’s also reflect key figures and designers who have shaped and influenced the world we live in today, encouraging pupils to have an impact on their own environment whilst contributing ideas that will help develop the wider world.
Our learning reflects the ideology of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology which aims to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Through creativity and imagination our pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Considering their own and others’ needs, they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. Our pupils are encouraged to be innovative thinkers and risk takers, designing to specific requirements whilst exploring the full potential of materials.
Through the evaluation process our pupils develop a deeper understanding of design, learning how to improve and adapt work so that they achieve quality products that are fit for purpose. We give pupils the opportunity to work with a range of equipment, tools and materials with a strong understanding of health, safety and hygiene.
Two key documents set out our curriculum vision for Design & Technology:
a) Our Design and Technology progression map shows the key knowledge and skills that our children should acquire each year, with a clear sequence of learning that builds year on year, across Key Stage 2.
b) A long-term overview of coverage of the specific Design and Technology elements and how they link with other year group topics.
We provide opportunities to participate in workshops, make visits and work with guests to gain first-hand experiences of the work of designers, inventors and food specialists, allowing pupils to view, handle, taste and create work linked with a variety of contexts.
Please see our curriculum plans below.