Design and Technology
At Middleton St Mary’s CE (VC) Primary School, we believe that Design and Technology is a subject that embraces imaginative and practical thinking. It exposes children to illustrating the process of thinking of an idea, going through the production process, and critiquing a final product based on a variety of criteria. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. Design and Technology encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.
In teaching Design and Technology our intention is to:
- Provide pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form.
- Encourage the development of imagination, original thought and personal expression.
- Instil in the children, an appreciation of the design, construction and suitability of everyday objects.
- Ensure that the children are aware of all hazards and have the skills to use tools and materials correctly.
- Introduce children to, and encourage the use of the correct vocabulary.
- Develop pupils’ aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed critical responses about their own work and that of others.
- Raise awareness of the work of a range of famous artists to inspire, support and develop their own individual styles of work and encourage children to value the contribution made to their world by artists, craft workers and designers from many cultures and to know how this reflects and shapes our history.
- Help children develop socially through collaborative working and to enable the children to critique, evaluate and test their ideas, products and the work of others.
- Employ a range of teaching and learning styles so that pupils have the opportunity to investigate and evaluate products, identify needs, generate ideas, plan, make and test to find the best solutions, developing techniques, skills, processes and knowledge and assemble and disassemble simple objects.
- Draw upon other disciplines such as maths, science, engineering, computing and art to develop their own work.
- Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and to have an understanding of where food comes from and make simple dishes that can be made at home.
- Develop the cross-curricular use of Design & Technology in other subjects.
Our Design and Technology scheme of work has been designed to be integrated into the topic theme being undertaken. Class Teachers will:
- use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding;
- provide opportunities to critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others;
- plan their work in relationship to the themed work/topic they are undertaking;
- ensure they plan with the pupils’ abilities, experiences and interests in mind;
- ensure that all aspects of design technology are taught: Developing, planning and communicating ideas/working with tools, equipment materials and components to make quality products/ knowledge and understanding of materials and components;
- ensure they set clear, achievable, yet challenging goals for all pupils;
- ensure pupils will be given the opportunity to look at a range of different designers to inspire, challenge and understand the history and cultural development of products;
- ensure pupils have the opportunity explore and use mechanisms and structures to discover how they can be made stronger / stiffer and more stable.
- ensure pupils will have the opportunity to use computing to support their learning in Design and Technology;
- promote an iterative process, allowing children to learn from mistakes and improve upon prototypes.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We teach art and DT in the EYFS through the specific area of Expressive Arts and Design – Being Imaginative and through Physical Development – Moving and Handling. It is taught as an integral part of the work covered across the EYFS and promotes achieving the Early Learning Goal at the end of the foundation year.
EYFS (and Y1) have a well-resourced art and design area which the children can access freely on a daily basis.