Welcome to Lincoln Gardens Primary School Design and Technology (D&T) Curriculum page, we hope that you find some useful information about D&T and what to expect from D&T being taught at Lincoln Gardens.
What is Design and Technology?
The teaching of D&T prepares children to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies, by learning to think creatively. It calls for children to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups – looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems. Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. In the learning process pupils can reflect on and evaluate present and past D&T, its uses and effects.
Through D&T, all children can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
D&T is taught following the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including wood, card, textiles and food.
There are three core activities that children engage with in D&T:
- Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products.
- Focused practical tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills.
- Designing and making activities in which children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose’.
These three activities are combined in sequence to create a design project.
During Key Stage 1 our children learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. Our children explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and start to use ICT as part of their designing and making.
During Key Stage 2 our children work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways. In our Reception class D&T is taught through the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in the area of Expressive Arts and Design. Our children safely explore a variety of tools and techniques thinking about the uses and purposes of different materials. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings experimenting with design, shape, form and function.
Visit the Design and Technology National Curriculum page for more information.