Miss Lycett is responsible for D.T.. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement it through high-quality lessons and checking that everything is helping children to know more, remember more and do more.
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Purpose of Study
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The National Curriculum - DT key stages 1 to 2
We are setting out to help our pupils be ...
We will do this by ensuring ...
We will have made a difference when ...
These are our big takeaways called ‘threshold concepts’ - an overview of what we want pupils to know. They are the same for every year group and help us to ensure we build learning on the same ideas, that way we help children to be able to remember more meaningful connections rather than remembering isolated facts.
Everyday products - Everyday products are objects that are used routinely at home and school.
Staying Safe - It is important to stay safe when working with tools. Products have to be safe for others to use.
Electricity - Electricity is a form of energy, it can be used in a model and controlled using a switch.
Mechanisms - Mechanisms help to make things move.
Generation of ideas - Before making, it is important to know what you want to achieve.
Use of ICT - Computer-aided design (CAD) is when computers are used to help design products.
Structures - Different materials can be used to make structures stronger.
Investigation - Great designers try to find the best tool for the job.
Evaluation - To make improvements, it is important to find out what has worked well and what could be better.
Materials for Purposes - Different materials are suitable for different purposes, depending on their properties.
Cooking - We use skills such as measuring and follow instructions called recipes to make sweet and savoury dishes.
Nutrition - There are different types of food that our body needs to stay healthy.
Origins of Food - Food can be grown or can come from animals. We often eat food that comes from around the world.
Compare & Contrast - Designers often look at what is the same and what is different between products.
Significant People - Because of the work of many important designers, the way we live our lives has changed.
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Here is an overview of what we expect children to be taught, know and do by the end of each year group.
In Year R ... Children will be taught to ...
Name and explore a range of everyday products and begin to talk about how they are used.
Follow rules and instructions to keep safe.
Identify products that use electricity to make them work.
Explore, build and play with a range of resources and construction kits with wheels and axles.
Create collaboratively, share ideas and use a variety of resources to make products inspired by existing products, stories or their own ideas, interests or experiences.
Use digital devices to take digital images or recordings of their creations to share with others.
Construct simple structures and models using a range of materials.
Choose and explore appropriate tools for simple practical tasks.
Adapt and refine their work as they are constructing and making.
Recognise that it is possible to change and alter their designs and ideas as they are making them.
Select appropriate materials when constructing and making.
Follow instructions, including simple recipes, that include measures and ingredients.
Suggest healthy ingredients that can be used to make simple snacks.
Begin to identify the origins of some foods.