Our Design & Technology Curriculum
We aim to make Design and Technology an inspiring, creative and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At All Saints, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. 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.
The Design Technology teaching throughout All Saints Primary School follows the National
Curriculum design, make and evaluate cycle. Through this, children acquire a broad range of
technical knowledge and vocabulary whilst also drawing on disciplines such as Mathematics,
Science, Computing and Art.
Rooted in real-life, relevant contexts, children design products with a purpose and an
intended user of the products in mind. Children use research and develop design criteria to
inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing and fit-for-purpose products. Planning
is through appropriate formats i.e. annotated sketches, patterns/templates,
communicating ideas verbally and prototypes/’mock-ups’.
Whilst making, children will be given a wide range of tools, materials and components
including textiles, construction equipment and ingredients. They build and apply a repertoire
of knowledge, understanding and skills (i.e. cutting, shaping, joining and finishing) in order to
make high-quality prototypes and products for a range of users.
Children at All Saints learn to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products as well as
the work of others. They investigate and analyse a range of existing products to understand
how individuals and key events have shaped design and technology globally. In addition, they learn to evaluate their work against their own design criteria and consider the views of
others in order to improve their work.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the content, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Teachers make assessments against the skills progression accordingly – and keep track of any children who are not meeting these skills. Assessment of Design and Technology is reported to parents annually.