DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
At Warren Park, Design Technology is taught in the class and within our COSMIC curriculum. We challenge children to use their creativity and imagination through designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Our projects and challenges reflect our changing world and help the children to understand how DT can help find solutions for real life problems and challenges.
In DT we draw upon links to other subject areas like mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. We aim to enrich children knowledge and passion for the subject through evaluating past and present design technology and designers. We want children to build a bank of skills and knowledge that they can apply both in the classroom, in our outside environment and our community.
At Warren Park, we follow the ‘Design, Make and Evaluate’ approach to the teaching of DT, as outlined in the National Curriculum Programme of Study.
Children are encouraged to be inquisitive about the way products work and the people who invented them. To unpick the purpose of products and their suitability.
As the children move along their journey as designers, they are encouraged to draw detailed designs and make prototypes to refine their ideas before creating their final piece.
Teachers guide children through the technical skills they will require, modelling good practice and highlighting safety considerations with the children.
In the evaluation stage, children reflect upon their final products, considering how they could have altered their design or techniques to impact the overall appearance and usability of their product. Children will be encouraged to make these changes and comment on the results.
Collaborative work in Design and Technology develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others. They learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance.
Children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Children will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
Children will critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Children will make changes to designs and ideas with confidence and be able to communicate their thinking to others.
Children will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. They will understand the process of growing food to eat it through the school garden.