Design & Technology
Why is Design Technology important?
Design Technology helps us to develop as reflective learners, as we work through the design process. Through Design Technology, we are able to work collaboratively to solve problems and find solutions, teaching us to deal with uncertainty whilst developing communication, organisational and other practical life skills.
In Design Technology, we learn to appreciate the needs of others, the built environment and the likely impact of future technologies.
When is Design Technology taught?
Design Technology is taught both discretely (Focused Tasks / Design, Make, Evaluate Assignments) and through thematic units. The attached Whole School Overview below maps out which thematic units feature this subject. Focused tasks are planned in across each phase as you can see from the document below:
How is Design Technology taught?
Design Technology is taught through a combination of subject knowledge, skill building and design and make projects.
Design Technology schemes are planned ensuring three key strands which are taught across a year: textiles, food and structures/ mechanisms. Lessons are planned following a planning sequence: evaluation of a product, teach a new skill, design own product, begin to make product, refine and improve, teach additional skill and test and evaluate.
What do we learn in Design Technology?
We learn about: Mechanisms, Sliders, Textiles, Food Technology and Electronics for example. We also complete design technology projects in each phase for specified clients e.g. the archeologist, the outdoorsman, the baker allowing pupils the opportunity to both experiment and apply their knowledge and skills.