The aims and intention of DT.

“D&T is a perfect example of head and hands working together. Having to think about purposes and users for their products is much more demanding than simply following instructions to make something. Children have to think and plan, as well as do and create. This can be challenging but extremely satisfying – as well as great fun!” (The Design and Technology Association – www.dandtprimary.org.uk)

Through a variety of creative and practical activities we aim to teach pupils the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in planning, designing and making and evalauting quality products.  We aim to teach our pupils to design creatively and thoughtfully with an understanding of how a product can function and be useful. We allow pupils to have a choice of resources and use a range of design techniques. Through investigation and exploration of exisitng products and their related technologies, we enable pupils to create their own.

The implementation of DT and how it is taught.

At Valley End School, children are encouraged to think imaginatively and to solve problems creatively through a variety of practical activities. Many of the important skills developed though designing and making help with learning across the curriculum, such as Mathematics, Science, ICT and Art. Children are encouraged to select tools and materials and to use them sensibly and safely. Specific DT knowledge and skills are taught and understanding is developed through exploring and evaluating a range of existing products and in taking part in focused practical tasks including cooking. Our focus is not just on an end product; the whole iterative process encourages children to make decisions for themselves, develop their design ideas and to be empowered to evaluate their design so they learn to create quality products.

The impact of DT and how it prepares children for their next stage of education.

At the end of each academic year, pupils are able to design purposeful and functional products and communicate their ideas to others. Pupils are able to use a range of age appropriate techniques, tools, materials and ingredients to make quality products. Pupils are able to evaluate designs and plan further improvements and developments and have a good understanding of different mechanisms and technologies.

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