Design and Technology

Primary National Curriculum 2014: Design and Technology

‘Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, children 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. Children 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 design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.’

Design Technology at Hollington

At Hollington Primary Academy, Design Technology is a creative and practical subject, which provides our pupils with first-hand learning experiences. Through a project-based approach, children are taken through the design, plan, make and evaluate process involved in creating an end product. This process will allow children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a broad variety of contexts. Each project will allow children to develop fundamental knowledge for Design Technology, as well as their reasoning and problem solving. Children will be encouraged to take risks in what they design, giving consideration to the design criteria and specification, producing an end product that represents the designer’s high aspirations. 

Design Technology in Early Years
In Early Years, at Hollington Primary Academy, children use their imaginations while talking about their design ideas and manipulate materials for a desired outcome.  In cooking and nutrition, children begin to understand the need for variety in their diets, while being able to talk about how to stay healthy through diet and exercise.

Design Technology in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, at Hollington Primary Academy, children build structures, investigating techniques to make them stronger and sturdier.  They begin to learn about movement using axles and wheels. As part of cooking and nutrition, children begin to understand where different produce comes from and how to follow a recipe, including developing an awareness of what ingredients are in different recipes.

Design Technology in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, at Hollington Primary Academy, children will continue to develop their knowledge in the design, make and evaluate process to include using and creating design criteria, exploded diagrams and how to use a wider variety of tools for specific tasks correctly with an emphasis on safety. They will begin to use research to inform the design and make process to produce an end product.  As they progress through Key Stage 2, children will build on their cooking and nutrition skills and knowledge to follow and create more complex recipes hygienically.

The impact of our Design Technology curriculum is that, by the end of Key Stage 2, all of our children will possess secure knowledge, as well as a respect for innovative designers, in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.   We want all our children to understand the design, make and evaluate process, when exploring their ideas, while being creative and innovative when designing and making products. Ultimately we want our children to possess a deep-rooted respect for the designing and safety processes involved in design technology that allows them to 'Think Big!'