‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works’
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Design Technology Curriculum At a Glance
In our guided reading, we looked at a set of instructions on how to make lemonade. We thought it would be a great idea to follow the recipe and make ur very own lemonade. Unfortunately, we were unable to taste the lemonade but Mrs Fielding had a go at home and she can...
Year 2 settled back into school brilliantly! We had a fantastic week, learning lots of new things and getting use to our new routines. It is like we have never been gone!We learnt all about animals and their offspring, done lots of outside learning and we have...
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...
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...
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...
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...