Education is Freedom
Design & Technology
The importance of Design and Technology
Design and technology (D&T) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s
rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to
improve the quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become independent
and creative problem solvers both as individuals and as members of a team.
They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, responding to them by
developing a range of design ideas for making products and systems. In their
designing and making, pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of
aesthetics, social and environmental issues and function. As they do so, they reflect on, learn from and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.
Teaching and learning
D&T activities are taught in a variety of ways across the school, sometimes in
blocks of taught time, as part of a topic, or in short skills-based activities. D&T
has relevance across the curriculum and links with other subjects; science
and art and design, in particular, are identified in the units of work.
D&T activities are planned to ensure continuity and progression by building on
the specific knowledge skills and understanding contained in the subject
profile. Appropriate units of work have been planned using a combination of topic work and the QCA scheme of work.
Assessment and recording
Assessment is based on a combination of teacher assessment and pupil self assessment.
Continuity and progression
Design tasks provide both continuity and progression. Consolidation of the skills, knowledge and understanding in D&T is carried out by its use to support learning in other subjects, such as literacy, numeracy, science and art.
Teachers provide differentiated resources for each task, with extension
activities for the more able. Additional classroom support, ICT programmes
and appropriate tools and equipment are provided to ensure that all pupils
have sufficient access to the D&T curriculum.
Planned activities are designed to enable pupils to develop their skills,
knowledge and understanding, being taught through:
· investigating and evaluating a range of familiar products, including how
they work and how well they work;
· focused practical tasks that develop a range of techniques, skills,
processes and knowledge;
design and make assignments where the pupils use a range of materials.