Hollingworth Primary School | Design and technology
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Design and technology

Intent
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think creatively to solve problems.  Children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product.  Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school.  We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other subjects such as mathematics, science, computing and art.  Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life.

 

Implementation
When teaching Design and Technology we follow a design, make and evaluate cycle.  Each stage is rooted in technical knowledge.  The design process is embedded in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning.  While making, children are given choice and a range of tools to choose from.  When evaluating, children are able to assess their own products against design criteria.  Each of these steps is founded in technical knowledge and vocabulary.  Design and Technology is taught to a high standard through five key strands of learning: Materials and Structures, Mechanisms, Textiles, Food and Nutrition and Electrical Systems.  Design and technology lessons are taught as a block so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work.

 

Impact
Our Design and Technology curriculum enables and encourages children to become critical thinkers.  They look at existing designs to analyse and assess its effectiveness and then they consider ways of redesigning and reconstructing it to improve its overall success.  Through Design and Technology children learn to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising individuals.  Children learn to be passionate and excited by the designing and making of products including working with, preparing and tasting food.  Learning is assessed through the analysis of the pupil’s ability to evaluate, design, make and improve their own work.

 

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