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Design and Technology

 

At The Drive Primary School, we provide children with the opportunity to take part in active, Design and Technology lessons. Through the study of Design and Technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design and Technology helps all children to become informed consumers and potential innovators. It should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made.

 

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.

In KS1, children are expected to:

 

  • 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

  • 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

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products

  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

  • 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.

In KS2, Children are expected to:

 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

 

In KS1, children are expected to:

 

 

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

In KS2, children are expected to:

  • 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.

 

Below is a long term plan of how Design and Technology is delivered at The Drive Primary School:

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Cooking and Nutrition

5-a-Day Salad Unit

Textiles Puppet Unit

Designing Unit

Something for the Fridge

Year 2

Cooking and Nutrition Unit Light House Keepers Lunch

Designing Unit

Making a toy castle

Textiles Unit

Wall Hanging for a Norman Castle

Year 3

Design Unit Roald Dahl Party Hats

Cooking Unit

Bread Rolls

Textiles Unit

Cleopatra’s Cushion

Year 4

Design Unit

Pizza Art

Cooking Unit Greek Yogurt

Textiles Unit Roman Purse

Year 5

Design Unit

Dickensian Party Hat

Textiles Unit

Summer Flip Flops

Cooking Unit

Airline Meal

Year 6

Textiles Unit

Punch and Judy Puppet

 

Design

Bird Tables and Houses

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