Design & Technology
Hextable Primary School believe design and technology is a practical subject that inspires children to learn about the world we live in and become resourceful, innovative, capable citizens.Intent
Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants, and values. 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. It assists children to work individually and as members of a team to further develop their creativity and critical understanding of the wider world and prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of later life. Through design and technology, children become discriminating informed users of products and become risk takers and innovators. At Hextable Primary School, we intend to deliver a design and technology curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of pupils. It is our aim to create strong cross-curricular links with other subjects, such as Mathematics, science, computing, and art and design to build rich environments for a variety of meaningful, learning opportunities.
Aims of the National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for design and technology 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.
At Hextable Primary School design and technology is implemented through:
~ A whole school subject overview of the DT curriculum across the academic year which allows for progression across year groups in all areas of DT (textiles, mechanisms, structures, cooking, and nutrition)
~ Well-planned and resourced projects providing children with a hands-on and enriching experience based on the year group’s termly theme.
~ A range of knowledge and skills being taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken.
~ Each project from Year 1 to Year 6 addresses the principles of designing, making, evaluating, and incorporating relevant technical knowledge, vocabulary, and understanding in relevant contexts.
~ Pupils being introduced to specific designers, chefs, nutritionists, etc. helping to create an appreciation of human creativity and achievement and increase the cultural capital from which they can draw in the future.