Design and Technology

 

Curriculum intent

At Grange Junior School, we aim to give children the skills they will need to flourish in the wider world through real life experiences, broadening their horizons, developing their creativity and encouraging them to have high aspirations. Our DT curriculum encourages children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems that draw upon the users’ needs, wants and values.  Through DT, children draw upon other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and art. They learn how to take risks and problem solve in order to meet a design criterion. Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, children will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Through DT at the Grange Community Junior School, we will ensure that all pupils:

  • Design and make products that solve real and relevant problems.
  • Have opportunities to use creativity and imagination to design and make products considering their own and others’ needs.
  • Research into and investigate products available on the market.
  • Develop skills and knowledge related to food technology, textiles, mechanical and electrical mechanisms and structures including the safe and effective use of tools with a variety of materials.
  • Have the opportunity to learn and extend their understanding, experience and application in the use of technology, including computer control and computer aided design.
  • Be encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness of their designs and requirements of the product and be able to explain why changes have been made.

Implementation of the curriculum

The DT curriculum at Grange gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. DT is taught ½ termly and through a process of design, prototype, test and evaluation, children will use their creativity and imagination to solve a problem presented to them. They will continually review their progress against a design brief and where necessary, make adaptations and problem solve.

In order for children to progress in each area of DT studied, lessons should be sequenced to allow prior learning to be revisited and revised and help children to build a depth and understanding of the taught skills and knowledge.

Each lesson should have a clear purpose and this should be evident to the children.

 

 

Impact of the curriculum

Children achieve improved knowledge as they move through the school.  By the end of year 6 they;

  • Have a basic understanding of the design process and are able to use this when creating a product. They increasingly see themselves as designers by understanding the process of DT and the importance of purpose and audience
  • Are able to use fundamental DT life skills with fluency and accuracy
  • Have an understanding of food and nutrition, preparation and health and safety to support them in the wider world