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Design and Technology

Intent 

 

At New Park Primary School, we want children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose. 

 

Through our Design and Technology curriculum, we encourage our children to develop and express their imagination and creativity when designing and making products. We help our children to become independent and resilient learners by providing effective ways to tackle problems or issues if they may arise. We provide children with opportunities to design, make and evaluate products within a variety of contexts. We make links with other subject areas such as: Mathematics, Science, Computing, English and Art. In our city, we are lucky enough to have a diverse and culturally rich community with many influential designers throughout history and within the locality. We aim to encourage children to develop a firm knowledge of this. 

 

 

Implementation

 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach children the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. When designing and making, children are taught to: 

  • Use research to develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit to purpose. 
  • Generate, develop model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided designs. 
  • Use a wide range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients. 
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products. 
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider how to improve their work. 
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We promote a knowledge and technical language rich Design Technology curriculum. Children have access to knowledge organisers, where they will be able to access key knowledge, language and meanings to technological terms.

 

 

Impact 

 

Assessment of pupil's learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher throughout lessons. This assessment is then used by staff to inform planning, support and challenge required by the children. 


Our Design Technology coordinator conducts a comprehensive monitoring cycle each term to ensure an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the quality of education in Design Technology. Monitoring in design technology includes: book scrutinies, lesson observations and/or learning walks, staff discussions and pupil voice. We understand the importance and value of giving children the opportunity to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place. All of this information is collected and reviewed, which is then used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

 

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