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Design & Technology

Intent                                                                                                                                                                                 At St Marthas', we provide a complete Design & Technology experience that allows children do develop both practical skills and the theory behind designing and evaluating because we believe that high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that encourages children to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At St Marthas', we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, 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. Throughout their time here we create relevant and purposeful links between our DT work, and the other curriculum subjects. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

Implementation
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, using the 'Kapow Primary' scheme, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider both its purpose and function.

When designing and making, the children are taught through 4 clear phases:

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 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, as well as chopping and slicing) accurately.
• select from and use a wider range of materials, ingredients and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste.

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.
• understand and use electrical systems in their products.
• apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products
• Understand some of the ways that food can be processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).

A progression document is available as a linked file that shows the incremented style of learning where previous learning is revisited and built upon each year. With the integration of this subject sometimes focussing on cross-curricular links, DT will be taught either in blocks or weekly depending on the unit and class' thematic overview.

Impact

By the time children leave our school they will have:

• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.

• The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.

• The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.

• A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use for given tasks.

• The ability to see links with mathematical ideas and be able to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.

• The ability to manage risks to manufacture products safely and hygienically.

• A passion for the subject.