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Design & Technology

High Standards

Year 6 pupils attained considerably higher in reading and writing, compared nationally.

Ofsted

2016-03-14T15:19:08+00:00

Ofsted

Year 6 pupils attained considerably higher in reading and writing, compared nationally.

I enjoy maths

I like the way we are taught in mathematics

Alex

Year 4

2016-03-14T15:19:18+00:00

Alex

Year 4

I like the way we are taught in mathematics

School Leadership

The leadership team has created an enriching learning environment

Ofsted

2019-01-23T11:35:12+00:00

Ofsted

The leadership team has created an enriching learning environment

Confidence

Pupils love learning and have the confidence to try new things

Ofsted

2019-01-23T11:38:57+00:00

Ofsted

Pupils love learning and have the confidence to try new things

Quality teaching

The quality of teaching is good.

Westminster Diocese

2019-01-27T09:37:04+00:00

Westminster Diocese

The quality of teaching is good.

Design & Technology

Aims
  • Inspire the children to use their imagination and creativity in a rigorous and practical subject.
  • To equip children with the knowledge to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.
  • Provide an understanding of a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics.
  • Encourage children to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
  • Equip children with the ability to evaluate past and present design and technology and develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
  • Provide the opportunity to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Curriculum

It is taught in topics as set out in the Design & Technology outline.

Teaching

We teach Design and Technology through the use of:

  • Practical work
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • ICT skills
  • Visiting workshops
  • The interactive whiteboard
  • Independent, paired and group work
Skills
  • We provide the children with these key skills:
  • Ability to use research and develop design criteria to inform a design which fits a purpose
  • Ability to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and computer aided design
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients.
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
  • Understand how key events in design and technology have helped shape the world.
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products
  • Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Provision for More and Most Able Children

We plan a variety of opportunities to extend, enrich and enhance the learning of our more and most able children, so that they achieve to the best of their ability and make the best possible progress.

Expectations

By the end of Key Stage 2, children are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and processes taught in each unit.

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
3 Photographic frames – Strengthening Making Smoothies – Healthy diet, evaluating food products Moving Monsters – Mechanisms, pneumatics
4 Christmas Decorations – Modelling, fabric properties, reinforcing, fastening Musical instruments Combining and strengthening Alarms – Simple electrical circuits, switches
5 Storybooks – Mechanisms, lever mechanisms Moving Toys - Mechanisms, cams and followers Bread making – Functions of ingredients, cultural traditions
6 Shelters – Strengthening and reinforcing Fairground – Controllable vehicles, switches, motors Textiles – Textiles, making patterns, finishing, decorative techniques