At South Wilford CE Endowed Primary School, Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and to explore the designed and made world in which we all live and work. Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world and at South Wilford we encourage our children to “be at their best” whilst becoming independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team. We enable them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems whilst fostering a love of learning and technology.
In EYFS, Design and Technology is part of “Expressive Arts and Design”. This consists of two strands: Exploring Media and Materials, and Being Imaginative. Most DT in EYFS is child-initiated (they decide what they want to build or make, inside or outside). They have continuous access to construction sets like Lego, k’nex, large building blocks and crates/planks/tyres outside, as well as a 'creative area' with staplers, tape, glue, scissors, hole punchers, string, safety fasteners, card, paper, boxes, tubes etc. One open ended creative challenge is set a week, with either an Art or DT focus.
Design and Technology is a compulsory subject at Key Stages 1 and 2. At South Wilford we ensure that five projects are completed for each academic phase (Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). These projects are linked to topics and may be taught weekly or in a block. The aspects of Design and Technology that are covered include: Cooking and Nutrition, Textiles, Structures, Electrical systems and Mechanical systems.
At South Wilford CE Endowed Primary School, children engage in Design and Technology with four core activities:
These four activities are combined, in sequence to create a Design and Technology project.
Here are some photos of our children learning and applying DT skills through the school.
Jacob is the curriculum leader for DT. In the Autumn term supported the children in Year 1 when making their snowmen puppets. He gave them tips on designing and making and assisted children with the decorating process. In the Spring term he worked with the Subject leader to collect some pupil voice and look through children’s work from throughout the school.