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Headteacher: Mrs V. Campos

Design and Technology

Design and Technology Curriculum

 

Intent

At Boxmoor Primary School we intend Design and Technology to be creative and practical and provide children with the opportunity to problem solve and be creative. We aim to provide our children with opportunities for children to become successful engineers, sculptors, carpenters, chefs, designers and architects. This is a key part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. 

 

Children will be taught a range of topics including; mechanisms, textiles, food technology, structures and electrical systems (in Key Stage 2) and mechanisms, textiles, food and structures (in Key Stage 1).

Through hands on practical experiences we aim for children to leave Year 6 with knowledge and skills of D&T. At Boxmoor Primary School we want to allow the children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities in the wider world and offer them skills for life which will enable them to be creative individuals.

 

Implementation

 

Children in the Early Years are encouraged to explore and use a range of media and materials whilst also developing their creativity, imagination and critical thinking. This the foundation on which learning is developed throughout the school.

 

We use a combination of schemes of work to support our planning and teaching of Design Technology in years 1-6. The DT Associations Projects on a Page and Plan Bee, alongside the National Curriculum, ensures a well-structured progression of D&T knowledge and skills throughout the school. When and how Design and Technology is taught is up to the individual teacher.  Each year group should complete three D&T projects over the course of the year, one of these should be a food based project.

 

All teaching should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle with each stage rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary.  The design phase should be given relevant contexts to give meaning to learning.  During the making stage, the children will use a variety of materials and components and be given a range of tools for their projects to choose from.  To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their product against a design criteria.

 

Impact

Our vision is for children to have a love of Design and Technology and develop their creative, design and making skills. Pupil voice is an important part of our assessment allowing us to continually reflect upon our Design Technology curriculum and our offer of extra-curricular activities.

 

Formative assessment is used to move children’s learning forward in Design and Technology and to inform next steps.

 

 

If you, or someone you know, has knowledge or experience connected to one or more areas of D&T, please contact the D&T coordinator, who would be pleased to welcome further contributions to our learning.

 

D & T Curriculum Coverage

 

Year Group

Aspect of D & T

Year 1

Structures

Freestanding structures

 

Mechanisms

Sliders and levers

Pop Up Books

Food

Preparing fruit and vegetables

Fruit kebabs/smoothie

Year 2

Mechanisms

Wheels and Axles

Food

Preparing fruit and vegetables

Healthy Soups

Textiles

Templates and joining techniques

Hand Puppets

Year 3

 

Textiles

2D to 3D product

 

Mechanical Systems

Levers and linkages

Food

Healthy and varied diet

Year 4

Food

Healthy and varied diet

Bread

Structures

Shell structures

Gift Box

Electrical Systems

Simple circuits and switches

Nightlight

Year 5

Textiles

Combining different fabric shapes

Mobile phone cases

Mechanical Systems

Pulleys, gear and cams

Food

Celebrating culture and seasonality

Year 6

Electrical Systems

More complex switches and circuits

Anderson Shelter light

Structures

Frame structures

Food

Celebrating culture and seasonality

Titanic Banquet

 

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