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Design technology

Design technology - our intent

At Iveson Primary School, children receive a design and technology curriculum which inspires children’s curiosity and imagination, but also enables them to become risk-takers within their learning.  

We equip children with a diverse range of skills and knowledge which can be transferred into a variety of different contexts, in preparation for the ever-changing modern world that they live in.  

It is important for children to understand the importance of design and technology and the impact that it has on their environment, that there is always a thought process behind their favourite toy, the meals that they eat and the homes that they live in.  

Therefore, the design and technology curriculum at Iveson Primary School provides children with opportunities to look at a range of engineers, builders, designers, chefs and architects to inspire their own creation of a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real-life purpose.   

We encourage children to use their creativity to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Iveson Primary School

Design and Technology in the Early Years Foundation Stage   

Expressive Arts and Design   

In the Early Years it is vital that children have regular opportunities to engage with design and technology through continuous provision. This enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through their design and technology skills.  
The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.   

In Nursery, children who are at expected level of in development in Design and Technology will: 

  • Explore different materials freely, to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make. 
  • Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them.  
  • Join different materials and explore different textures. 

In Reception, children who are at the expected level of development in Design and Technology will: 

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. 
  •  Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.  

Purpose of study for Design and Technology 

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.  

Aims 

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • 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.  

Attainment targets 

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.  

Subject content 

Key stage 1 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts. 

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:  

Design 

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria  
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology  

Make 

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]  
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics  

Evaluate 

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products  
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria  

Technical knowledge 

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable  
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.  

Key stage 2 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts  

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:  

Design 

  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups  
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design  

Make 

  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately  
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities  

Evaluate 

  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products  
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work  
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world  

Technical knowledge 

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures  
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]  
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]  
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.  

Cooking and nutrition 

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.  

Pupils should be taught to:  

Key stage 1 

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes  
  • understand where food comes from.  

Key stage 2 

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet  
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques  
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.  

Kapow Primary

They have made a selection of suitable topics free for home and distance learning. 

Design Museum

A great place for children to access information on key designers, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Vivienne Westwood.  

Delia Online
This site is not only full of recipes but has a cookery school section which has a skills section and various lessons required for good, home cooked food.  

Jamie Oliver
Again lots of recipes but also a ‘learn’ section. This also links to his channel 4 programme ‘Jamie: Keep cooking an Carry on.’ This may be a nice way to involve all the family. 

STEM
There are lots of ideas on here for projects, home learning activities, teaching points.  

Talk to us

If you’d like to find out more about our school, arrange a visit or make a general enquiry email us at: parentcontact@iveson-primary.co.uk or use our handy form.