Design and Technology at Grimsargh St Michael’s
Why is Design Technology important at Grimsargh?
Three big ideas are central to the teaching and learning of Design Technology at our school – skills development, design and evaluation. Our curriculum prepares our children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team – making positive changes to their quality of life. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Through the study of Design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all our children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.
What does Design Technology look like at Grimsargh?
We value Design Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Design and Technology is taught through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding, skills and vocabulary needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. We engage our children through activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products, focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills and then designing and making in which the children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose’. We ensure that the teaching of Design and Technology supports the social development of our children through the way we expect them to learn with each other. They work in a range of contexts through our topic based approach which allows for cross curricular links to be made.
We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. In design projects, pupils are encouraged to design for themselves, using research and sketches as aides, make using tools and materials, evaluate their product and build their technical knowledge. Furthermore, as part of their work with food, pupils explore how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
We consider the Design and Technology Golden Rule; Product, Purpose, User
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.
What do the children at Grimsargh think about Design Technology?