At Highfield we feel that DT is an extremely important subject that all children should access on a regular basis. It allows all children the opportunity to express their individuality and creativity, and is invaluable in promoting self-confidence and allowing children to express themselves in alternative ways and through alternative methods. Design Technology prepares pupils to participate in a world of rapidly changing technologies and technological developments.
In DT our aim is:
- For children to be autonomous and creative problem solvers both as individuals and as members of a team.
- To combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices.
- To reflect on and evaluate their own and other’s designs and products.
- For all children to become discriminating and informed users of products and to become innovators.
- 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
At Highfield we try to encourage as many cross curricular links as possible within foundation subjects to enable the children to apply knowledge while embedding key skills. As such we have created units of work for DT that follow our ‘Theme’ lessons. DT is taught as discrete lessons within this overarching thematic approach in the form of half termly DT days. This enables the children to fully immerse themselves in the project that they are working on for a sustained period of time. A two-year rolling program has been devised to allow for an even coverage of DT lessons across the phase. Within EYFS, activities are designed according to the Early Years Outcomes. DT in both Key Stages are delivered in line with the 2014 National Curriculum with specific skills being developed through different themes of learning throughout the year.
In DT children are taught about the 3 key strands of designing, making and evaluating. When designing they use existing products and designs for inspiration and spend time learning about the designers who created them. In KS1 they work to pre-defined design criteria, but by KS2 they are creating their own product specifications to work to. Specific skills that they need to make their products are taught in discrete lessons, and time is given to practise and develop these. At the end of the process children understand the importance of evaluating their own and other’s products against the original design specifications, and reflect on any adaptions they might make to improve their product.
Here are some links that you might find useful.
Museums and galleries
- Have a look at what London's Design Museum has to offer
- Closer to home in Manchester's museum of Science and Industry
- Check out the Museum of Technology in Cambridge
Projects to try at home
- Check out these fun activities from the Design Museum
- This website has some good ideas for home projects
- Have a look at these videos and ideas on BBC Bitesize
Cooking and nutrition
- Lots of recipes for cooking with children from the BBC
- Even more recipes for baking sweet treats with children from the BBC
- Get the children clued up on healthy eating and nutrition with Change4life
- Find out where some of our food comes from in the UK
At Highfield the children have been very busy in their DT lessons. Check out these photos to see what they have been up to, from making Anglo Saxon pottage to pizzas, Eccles cakes to pancakes, to building motorised carousels to junk modelling.