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Design and Technology

 

Rationale

Burradon Community Primary School believes that Design and Technology prepares
children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. The subject
encourages children to become self-directed and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and
as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by
developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.

 

Intent

The intent of Design and Technology at Burradon Community Primary School are:

  • To develop children’s skills in identifying a need, generating ideas, designing, making and evaluating.
  • To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when evaluating products and when designing and making.
  • To enable children to talk about how things work and to draw and model their ideas.
  • To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
  • To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it.
  • To develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society.
  • To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
  • To develop children’s curiosity, originality, co-operation and perseverance.
  • To encourage children’s technical vocabulary.
  • To provide opportunities for children to work both individually and as part of a team.

 

Implementation: Teaching and Learning

At Burradon Community Primary School Design and Technology is taught in all classes from
Foundation Stage to Year 6. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Design and
Technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in
Design and Technology. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding
when investigating products, developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating
them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within
lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others,
listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate
existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide
range of materials and resources, including ICT.


Three main elements are planned into each Design and Technology topic:
1- Investigation and Evaluation Activities
2- Focus Practical Tasks to develop skills
3- Design and Make Activities and Evaluate


The investigational activities are the exploratory part of a topic to raise awareness of materials,
methods, items and objects presently used.


The focussed practical tasks are the skill-based activities where the children’s work is directed to
practise or develop particular skills.


The Design and Make Activities are the more open activities where the children can use their skills
to design and make their best design solutions. 

 

 

 

 

 


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