Design Technology 

 

 

Our Intent

We strive to offer children the chance to use creative thinking and design within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. They work in a range of contexts through our topic based approach which allows for cross curricular links to be made.

Through the study of DT pupils 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. 

 

Our Implementation

At Martin Frobisher Infant School, we use the National Curriculum and the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum as a basis for our planning within the subject, although we see this as only one element in the education of our children. Whenever possible, we teach through a themed, experienced based approach to enable children to embed learning and make connections, leading to a greater depth of understanding within the subject. Our teaching and learning opportunities allow all children to consolidate, build upon and apply basic skills. Our curriculum aims run through everything we do, as we strive to provide the very best learning experiences for our children.

We use our Key Objective Progression and Development by Year group to support skill and knowledge progression from Nursery through to Year Two. 

We aim:

  • Develop creative, technical and imaginative thinking in children and to develop confidence to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Enable children to talk about how things work and to develop their technical knowledge,
  • Apply a growing body of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make prototypes and products for a wide range of users,
  • Encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques when making a product, whilst following safe procedures,
  • Develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society,
  • Foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things,
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products, and the work of others,
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and to learn how to cook,
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Impact

Pupil Voice

What do children say about geography at Martin Frobisher Infant School?

"I like it when we learn how to stick things together" - Reception child

"I made a purse and was really good at sewing" - Year 1 child

"This year we have learnt to design, make and evaluate our work to keep making it better" - Year 2 child

"I loved making Tudor Houses. I learnt how to make tabs to make my cardboard  joins stronger" - Year 2 child