Design & Technology
At Abbotswood Primary School we aim to enable children to develop skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It promotes children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.
This subject empowers pupils to use their knowledge and skills of other subjects, especially Mathematics, Science and Art, to:
• identify needs and generate ideas
• explore possible solutions by designing
• plan and make
• evaluate what they have made
• communicate their results to others
Design and Technology Intent
Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject which prepares children for our rapidly changing world. This subject encourages children to become independent, creative, problem solvers and thinkers. It allows children to identify needs and opportunities, using designs from the past and present as an influence, and allows them to respond, build upon and improve creatively and imaginatively by developing a range of ideas and by making products that allow time to develop and learn some practical life skills. At Abbotswood, we intend for our children to solve real and relevant problems through a range contexts and wherever possible, link to other skills, such as; mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. This will be taught in all year groups, as a project linked to topic, at least one project per full term, and skills to be practised and embedded through continuous provision in other subjects.
Design and Technology Implementation
D&T is taught through discrete, meaningful lessons in which, children are taught through the three phases of designing, making and evaluating their own products. Each year group focuses on 3 topics throughout the year and each topic will focus on a separate set of skills. As children progress through the school, they are presented with opportunities to develop these skills, as similar topics are revisited and built upon. All teachers link their Design and Technology projects to their own topics, which allows the teachers to be creative with their lessons, whilst still ensuring all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered.
The time dedicated to D&T ensures that each topic can be delivered to a high standard and children can create important and useful products. Resources are plentiful and allow children to be clever and creative when designing and making their products. All children are challenged during D&T lessons through continuous verbal feedback and through problems presented to them.
During D&T lessons, many cross-curricular links are observed. Maths links are easy to come across during any D&T lesson; children are continuously measuring during the ‘design’ and ‘make’ phases of lessons. During cooking topics, children are measuring out ingredients, as well as calculating the quantities of different recipes. Instructions are often created as part of the ‘design’ phase, which has a direct link to English. Through the children presenting their products confidently oracy skills are practised. Science knowledge is practised when children are creating products that contain electrical components, for example Year 4 children use their knowledge of electrical circuits to create nightlights/torches. Teachers also encourage children to consider the impact their product can have on the wider world, to ensure they realise the difference they may make in the future.
Design and Technology impact
Each topic ends with all children creating a final product; these products are a fantastic way for children to demonstrate the skills they have learnt. Throughout the school, children are given the opportunity to consolidate their skills by creating their final product independently. Each lesson builds on the previous and children’s skills are improved upon throughout each topic. It is also clear to see the progression of skills throughout the school through the quality of products each year group creates. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.