Design Technology

‘Design Is Not Just What It Looks Like And Feels Like. Design Is How It Works’

 

Steve Jobs

Design & Technology provides practical learning experiences, which make it accessible to all pupils. Pupils use knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum and apply them in practical activities. D&T gives pupils the opportunity to make choices within a practical learning environment and focuses them on problems that are meaningful to them. It encourages communication using a range of methods avoiding over reliance on the written word. Pupils are able to work within a flexible range of contexts and topics that can be adopted to suit individual interests and motivations.

Through D&T, pupils are given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate as well as explore and experience the wider world. Designing, taking apart products to explore their components or making products can give pupils a sense of achievement and improve their self-esteem. Pupils benefit from seeing their own progress and taking greater responsibility for their own learning as they begin to evaluate the quality of their work.

For a detailed understanding of the Intent, Implementation and Impact of the teaching of Design Technology at Boundary, please click the boxes below.

Intent
  • To encourage children to learn to think and work creatively to solve problems both as individuals and collaboratively as members of a team.
  •  At Boundary, we follow the guidance of the Design and Technology Association and encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
  • Where possible, we encourage children to make connections to other subjects, such as mathematics, science, computing and art.
  • The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present technology and its usefulness.
Implementation
  • Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.
  • Using a clear learning journey, children are able to show a clear process of research, design, make and evaluate.
  • At Boundary, we deliver a range of Design and Technology projects with a clear structure., which includes challenging students at all levels.
  • Children are able to explore a range of existing products and formulate opinions on these, in order to make design decisions for their own product.
Impact
  • Children will become resourceful, creative and capable citizens.
  • Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop an understanding of its impact on the world.
  • Build and apply a range of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products and for a range of users and evaluate and test their ideas and products.
  • Children learn to take risks and produce high quality products.
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Intent, Impact and Implementation in Full

Design Technology Curriculum At a Glance

Superheroes Unite!

Superheroes Unite!

Welcome to our 'Superhero Headquarters!' Nursery has been transformed into superhero world this week! Our writing area has become a top secret den, where we could leave secret messages with our spy writing pens! We could keep these secret from our enemies as only...

Strong Structures!

Strong Structures!

As part of our learning journey in Design Technology, we looked at how to make structures stronger. We investigated 2D and 3D shapes and how they can be made stronger using triangulation. We made shapes using a construction kit, paper straws and pipe cleaners and...

Journey & Transport

Journey & Transport

This week in Nursery we have been exploring different types of transport. We have read and discussed lots of different vehicle books, talking about where we might travel using each type of transport. In our construction area we have made roads using bricks, play dough...

The Adventures of the Naughty Bus

The Adventures of the Naughty Bus

This week our story has been ‘The Naughty Bus.’ We started the week by reading and discussing the story, talking about our own experiences of where some of us have been on a bus journey! We have been building towns and roads in our construction area, making stop signs...

Perfect Pancakes!

Perfect Pancakes!

This week we celebrated Pancake Day! We read the story ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes,’ and talked about what we thought we might need to make our own pancakes. In our special box we then found the ingredients we needed to make pancakes, including some instructions for us to...

Pancake Day in Holly Class

Pancake Day in Holly Class

Hurray for Pancake Day! The children were busy today and very excited  because they were going to the kitchen to make pancakes! Here's how to make them : "First you need to get the eggs, flour and milk" Connor "Put them in the bowl" Lucas "Mix them" Hanasa "Put it in...