Design and Technology
At St Mark and All Saints design and technology aims to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We aim to promote creativity, imagination through cross curricular links which encourages pupils to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils are taught to:
Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Design technology is an integral part of our learning enquiries. Each year group plans to develop breadth and depth in the progression of design technology skills. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products.
Early Years Foundation Stage
During the EYFS, pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
Use different media and materials to express their own ideas.
Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose.
Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources.
Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely.
Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary
Key Stage 1
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.
Key Stage 2
Within key stage 2 key curriculum, children are taught about events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design Technology. They will design, make and evaluate within cross curricular topics and use a variety of materials and mechanisms to enable them to explore mechanics, structures, textiles and food technology.
When Pupils leave St Mark and All Saints, their learning in design and technology will have enabled them to become confident at designing, making and evaluating products with a specific purpose and user in mind. They will have good knowledge and skills of working with textiles, mechanisms, structures, electrical systems and food. Pupils will have a good understanding of how other subjects e.g. science, maths and computing, link with design and technology and will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding when designing, making and evaluating products.