At Milton Park, we believe that Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that allows our pupils to use both creativity and imagination. Pupils will be involved in designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They will use previous learning from subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to develop a broad subject knowledge while becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. Developing a critical understanding of the impact design technology has on daily life and the wider world, they will acquire the skills to evaluate both past and present designs.
They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils 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
The Design and technology curriculum will:
§ 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 Milton Park, we are providing our pupils with a range of Design and Technology opportunities that follow a clear progression of skills all of which provide opportunities to consolidate the underpinning processes of designing, creating and evaluating. Our curriculum promotes inclusivity, ensuring that all children are able to access the learning and make progress based upon their individual skillsets. We will achieve this through our careful planning which introduces new skills in manageable chunks to ensure achievement. We want to harvest pupils creativity and imagination while introducing them to practical skills enabling and inspiring them to produce their own finished products and watch it transform from a design on a piece of paper to a three dimensional finished product. We want to help children to see what they can achieve and empower them to push their limits and take educated risks to test out their ideas.
Alongside our practical projects, pupils will learn about influential people within the Design and technology industry, showing them what can be achieved and the different careers they may be able to follow. We want pupils to leave Milton Park Primary School with a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the design, create, and evaluate process as well as the practical skills and knowledge of how to create products. They will gain an understanding of the purpose within society and the world today and will see how designers and engineers have shaped and influenced our everyday lives, opening the door to possible career paths available to them in the future.
We teach design and technology from year one to the end of key stage two and provide opportunities for independent exploration within EYFS which is extended through carefully observation and planning following the children’s interests. It is being taught on alternating terms with art and design.
Each termly topic has a clear sequence of learning, which follows teaching skills and techniques, practicing those skills and techniques, before designing the model, making and evaluating their model. We will identify and recap previous learning linked to the unit taught, giving us a clear picture of the pupil’s current knowledge and skill set. This will be used to adapt our sequence of lessons and tailor it to the pupils within the class. It is important to see a clear progression of skills, knowledge and abilities to design, make and evaluate within pupils as they progress through the school.
We plan learning opportunities that enable children to learn and develop the skills necessary to complete their design and technology projects and models. We will optimise our learning through working collaboratively on projects and providing support when needed. In Design Technology we will be incorporating skills learnt in other subject areas such as Maths, Science, computing and art, utilising these skills to help us design, make and evaluate within our projects. We will be using equipment and resources that are both familiar to the children as well as newly introduced. This means that not only will children be learning how to use new equipment safely, they will also have an opportunity to practice and build confidence using familiar equipment. Through a mixture of independent and group work, pupils will become familiar with the design, make and evaluate aspects of the curriculum and will begin to use this to improve both their own creations as well as existing models.