Design & Technology
We follow a two year rolling programme in Design and Technology (DT). Please follow the links below to see an overview of our DT curriculum and progression in this subject:
DT 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 DT education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At Beech Grove Primary school, we plan DT lessons to encourage children to become creative problem-solvers as individuals and as part of a team. Our lessons immerse the children in the design and making process, from analysing existing products, through to evaluating the finished version made by the children. The children are encouraged to talk about how things work (using appropriate vocabulary) and to draw and model their ideas.
DT skills are taught both discretely and with cross-curricular links. Pupils are encouraged to use the skills acquired in DT lessons, such as designing and making, analysing and applying their understanding and technical knowledge, across the curriculum. This notion can be seen across Reception to Year 6 when our children our faced with real life challenges, for example, preparing and cooking healthy food or combining DT with maths when making structures, printing and modelling.
The National Curriculum for DT 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
Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to nourish themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. We are very fortunate to have our own kitchen which is used for curriculum teaching.