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Kings Hill School Primary & Nursery

Inspired to believe, Inspired to achieve

Design & Technology

 

Intent

At Kings Hill School and Nursery, children will use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve relevant and real problems within a variety of contexts. The intent of our DT curriculum is to:

  • 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.
  • To develop the children’s knowledge of tools and to encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
  • To develop ICT skills to allow children to program and control products, to nurture their understanding of mechanical and electrical systems.
  • To reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.
  • To promote pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Implementation

Throughout our DT curriculum, the children follow a design, make, evaluate model to develop their knowledge and skills.

Designing

  • Annotate design ideas
  • Represent design ideas using a range of techniques including modelling and CAD.
  • Use relevant research to inform and develop creative design ideas.

Making

  • Work safely and independently using a range of tools and equipment to produce high quality products.
  • Being confident cutting, bending, shaping and joining different types of materials 

Evaluating

  • Reflecting on their progress and ability.
  • Analysing and evaluating the work of others to influence their own work. 

Technical Knowledge

  • Understand the main categories and properties of common DT materials.
  • To be able to identify the impact DT has on wider social, environmental and moral issues.

Impact

Throughout the school, Design and technology is documented through portfolios, these are kept as they progress throughout the school. The class teacher uses observations and questioning as an indication to assess whether the children are meeting the expected standard for their age.

This information is also recorded and kept as an indication to support future planning and the development of the DT scheme.

We also encourage the children to self and peer reflect by giving constructive criticism within the lessons. When assessing, teachers and children will consider vocabulary and the use of skills and knowledge.

At Kings Hill School we aim that, by the time they leave our school, our children will have a wide understanding which they will be able to use to create original, imaginative, inventive and distinctive designs and projects.

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