Miss Ramsdale is responsible for D.T. This means ensuring there is an ambitious curriculum set, supporting teachers to implement 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
At our school, we believe in using the power of inspiration to help shape the thinking and curriculum design of our students. That's why we have taken inspiration from successful and influential people who have made a significant impact in their respective fields. By studying their stories, we aim to inspire our pupils to aim high and achieve their own goals. We have carefully curated a list of inspirational figures, including scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists, to name a few. We have analysed what made them successful and incorporated their values, principles, and strategies into our curriculum design to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed. By doing so, we hope to empower our students to dream big and achieve greatness.
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.
Progression on a Page ...
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.
Units of Learning...
Year 1 - Autumn
Shade & Shelter
This project teaches children about the purpose of shelters and their materials. They name and describe shelters and design and make shelter prototypes. Children then design and build a play den as a group and evaluate their completed product.
Year 1 - Spring
This project teaches children about wheels, axles and chassis and how they work together to make a vehicle move.
Year 1 - Summer
Chop, Slice & Mash
This project teaches children about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. They use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich according to specific design criteria.
Year 2 - Autumn
This project teaches children about sources of food and tools used for food preparation. They also discover why some foods are cooked and learn to read a simple recipe. The children choose and make a new school meal that fulfils specific design criteria.
Year 2 - Spring
This project teaches children about making and strengthening structures, including different ways of joining materials.
Year 2 - Summer
Push & Pull
This project teaches children about three types of mechanism: sliders, levers and linkages. They make models of each mechanism before designing and making a greetings card with a moving part.
Year 3 - Autumn
Cook Well, Eat Well
This project teaches children about food groups and the Eatwell guide. They learn about methods of cooking and explore these by cooking potatoes and ratatouille. The children choose and make a taco filling according to specific design criteria.
Year 3 - Spring
Making It Move
This project teaches children about cam mechanisms. They experiment with different shaped cams before designing, making and evaluating a child's automaton toy.
Year 3 - Summer
This project teaches children about the purpose, structure and design features of greenhouses, and compares the work of two significant greenhouse designers. They learn techniques to strengthen structures and use tools safely. They use their learning to design and construct a mini greenhouse.
Year 4 - Autumn
Fresh Food, Good Food
This project teaches children about food decay and preservation. They discover key inventions in food preservation and packaging, then make examples. The children prepare, package and evaluate a healthy snack.
Year 4 - Spring
Functional & Fancy Fabrics
This project teaches children about home furnishings and the significant designer William Morris. They learn techniques for decorating fabric, including block printing, hemming and embroidery and use them to design and make a fabric sample.
Year 4 - Summer
This project teaches children about simple machines, including wheels, axles, inclined planes, pulleys and levers, exploring how they helped ancient builders to lift and move heavy loads.
Year 5 - Autumn
This project teaches children about pneumatic systems. They experiment with pneumatics before designing, making and evaluating a pneumatic machine that performs a useful function.
Year 5 - Spring
Eat The Seasons
This project teaches children about the meaning and benefits of seasonal eating, including food preparation and cooking techniques.
Year 5 - Summer
This project teaches children about how architectural style and technology has developed over time and then use this knowledge to design a building with specific features.
Year 6 - Autumn
Make Do & Mend
This project teaches children a range of simple sewing stitches, including ways of recycling and repurposing old clothes and materials.
Year 6 - Spring
This project teaches children about remarkable engineers and significant bridges, learning to identify features, such as beams, arches and trusses. They complete a bridge-building engineering challenge to create a bridge prototype.
Year 6 - Summer
Food for Life
This project teaches children about processed food and healthy food choices. They make bread and pasta sauces and learn about the benefits of whole foods. They plan and make meals as part of a healthy daily menu, and evaluate their completed products.