Design and 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

Sandwich making

Sandwich making

We had a great start to the new term this week, when we made our own healthy balanced lunch box contents. In the morning, we did a sensory taste test of lots of different types of lunch box contents (for example, tomatoes, sausage rolls, bread, cucumber). Then, we...

Yummy Fruit Salad in Y1

Yummy Fruit Salad in Y1

Year 1 have had a brilliant Design and Technology journey this half term. They have made their own fruit salads! The were told they were going to a Tiger Tea Party. They had to design a healthy and colourful snack to eat at the tea party. They were going to go to the...

What A Whopper!

What A Whopper!

This week we have been reading the story "The Gigantic Turnip". We have had so much fun learning lots of new words to describe something that is big - ginormous, massive, huge, colossal, giant! The children have been practising using one handed tools by carefully...

Little Red Hen

Little Red Hen

This week in Reception we have been reading the traditional tale 'Little Red Hen'.  We read the story together and talked about how the Little Red Hen worked hard to grow the grains and to harvest them to make bread.  She never gave up even though her farm friends...