Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous 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. It requires all children, including those with SEN and disadvantaged pupils, to be active learners with the confidence to ‘have a go,’ and the resilience to persist with a project when challenges occur.
At Broadway the Design and Technology curriculum is planned around three units per year group. It combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve critical analysis, problem solving, and practical capability and evaluation skills. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other subject areas such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art thereby enabling pupils to notice connections and patterns in their learning. We also aim to, wherever possible, build relationships with local businesses (such as Nissan and Caterpillar via our STEM learning) and members of the school community.
Through Design Technology children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Our DT curriculum aims are:
- To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
- To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
- To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
- To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making;
- To use ICT software to assist our designing and learning.
There are lots of exciting learning opportunities for children in design technology at Broadway which allow the children to learn a range of new skills and work with different materials. The overview below allows you to see what topics children will cover across the year in each year group.
Design and technology is an integral part of the school curriculum that should be embedded into all subject areas and have a positive impact on children’s learning and development. The progression of units covered should allow the children to acquire the skills necessary for their transition to key stage 3.