Subject Leader: Miss Marlow (Year 5)
The Department of Education has compiled a comprehensive document that breaks down the Aims of the subject’s curriculum. The document can be found below:
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.
In our Design Technology planning we aim:
- To ensure that pupils always “make a product with a purpose” that ties in with our termly topic
- To embed the six main principles of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology into the school curriculum;
o User – pupils should consider who their products are for
o Purpose – pupils should decide which tasks their products will perform
o Functionality – pupils should think about how their products will work
o Design Decisions – pupils should have opportunities to make informed choices
o Innovation – pupils should have scope to be original with their thinking
o Authenticity – pupils should design and make products that are real, believable and can be evaluated through use
DT takes place in all year groups 3 times a year, normally in rotation with Art and Design. Miss Marlow has designed an age appropriate booklet that the children will complete as they: DESIGN, MAKE and EVALUATE their object.
Please find below the Upper Key Stage 2 booklet, to give you an example of the process from start to finish.
Since the Autumn 2020 half term, we have blocked our Design Technology lessons across the whole school for the last two weeks. This meant that we could concentrate and focus on our Designing, Making and Evaluating. There has been a real buzz around school as the children shared their ideas and thoughts on their projects. Well done everybody!
Years 3 and 4 made fruit kebabs and enjoyed tasting what they would be putting on them!
Year 5 made light up cards for Father's Day. We used copper tape, an LED and a coin battery to complete our simple circuits. Where were a great success and the men in our community thought they were brilliant!
Year 6 have been combining fabrics to make a class patchwork display - well done, they are unique and beautiful!
Year 3 and 4 have made shell structures for their project...their Easter egg boxes are amazing!
Years 1 and 2 with their freestanding structures...
Years 3 and 4 with their electrical circuits and switches...
Year 5 and their wonderful Levers and Linkages Christmas cards...
Year 6 and their delicious Greek flat breads using seasonal ingredients...
Since September 2019 we have been really busy DESIGNING, MAKING and EVALUATING our DT projects. Year 1 and 2 have made delicious bread which tied in with their topic of The Great Fire of London; Year 3 and 4 made fantastic, clay brooches for their Viking unit and this half term Years 5 and 6 are Making and Mending in their WWII topic.
YEAR 1 AND 2 COOKING BREAD...
YEAR 3 AND 4 MAKING CLAY VIKING BROOCHES...
We have also been incredibly lucky that Urban Outreach has been cooking World War II foods with Year 6.
Working alongside the Science Subject Leader there are 2 clubs that are running each year for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We are using some fantastic resources which are engaging, challenging and fun! In Years 5 and 6 this half term we have made Fidget Spinners, a Roller Coaster and a Steady Hand Game. Please visit the https://stemkitsforschools.com/ for additional information.
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