Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Bilton C of E Junior School, we 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. We aim, where possible, to link work to other subjects such as mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness.
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. The children design and create products that meet a function and purpose and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school and the wider environment).
When designing and making, the children are taught to:
• to use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose and aimed at particular individuals or groups.
• generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, diagrams, prototypes, and computer-aided design.
• select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, as well as chopping and slicing) accurately.
• select from and use a range of materials, ingredients and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste.
• investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
• evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
• understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.
• apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
• understand and use mechanical systems in their products.
• understand and use electrical systems in their products.
• apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products
• Understand some of the ways that food can be processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).
We are members of the Design and Technology Association and use their ‘Projects on a Page’ scheme to ensure key skills and knowledge for have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. Design and technology lessons are also taught as a block so that children’s learning is sharply focused throughout each unit of work.