At Ash Primary School, Design and Technology (D/T) forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe D/T education stimulates creativity and imagination through problem solving and the production of quality products. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject, but where appropriate we should strive to create cross curricular links with other subjects such as Maths, Science, Computing and Art. We want D/T to prepare our children, to give them opportunities and experiences they need to be successful in later life.
- As part of Expressive Arts and Design children have access to a wide range of materials to support their imagination and creativity.
- They will be given opportunities to talk about their learning with others.
Key Stage 1
- The children will learn to design purposeful, functional and appealing products that are based on design criteria.
- They will learn how to join materials and they will make products by using a wide range of materials and develop the use of tools to cut, shape, join and finish.
- They will learn to evaluate products and suggest how they could be improved to be ever more effective.
- They will learn to cook simple food with an emphasis on healthy dishes and will learn the importance of good nutrition. (Science – Food and Nutrition link)
Key Stage 2
- the children will learn to design purposeful products that are aimed at particular individuals or groups.
- They will develop their ideas through detailed planning, evaluating product design, observational drawings and making prototypes.
- They will learn how to use different and more complex joining techniques.
- They will make products and learn how to use a wider variety of tools, equipment, materials and components. Techniques learned in Key Stage 1 will be built on and enhanced.
- They will evaluate a range of existing products as well as evaluating their own designs.
- They will learn how to include mechanical, electrical and computer control into products.
- They will learn to design and cook food with an emphasis on healthy dishes, thinking of a balanced diet. They will follow hygiene routines. (Science – Food and Nutrition link)
Progression in D/T will be assessed through work completed in pupils’ sketch books, displays, written work and photographic evidence. Discussing with students their experience of D/T. (Pupil voice)