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Design Technology

Intent

At Sandown Primary School, our design and technology lessons encourage pupils to become creative and innovative problem solvers. Pupils follow a cycle of researching, designing, making and evaluating to solve real and relevant problems within a variety of real life contexts. Pupils, working individually and as a team, apply their knowledge and skills from across the curriculum to develop skills such as risk taking and resourcefulness. These skills are taught progressively throughout their school journey to build on previous knowledge.

The Design and Technology curriculum covers structures, mechanisms, electrical circuits & components as well as cooking & nutrition. Children will use a variety of skills from other curriculum areas such as maths, science, computing and art to aid with some DT lessons.

Implementation

At Sandown we follow an enquiry based and concept led approach to learning.

See Cornerstones 2023 curriculum for further information on how this is implemented. To read our Design Technology curriculum map please click here.

Children will develop their skills and knowledge through the following 4 areas of DT:

Research:
  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Generate a design criteria
Design:
  • Generate and develop ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and other various drawing.
Make: 
  • Use a range of materials and components
  • Use range of tools and techniques to cut, shape and join materials
  • Finish products with consideration for their aesthetic qualities
Evaluate:
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
  • Consider the views of others to improve their work. 
Extra-Curricular Activities:

In addition to DT lessons, Sandown Primary School pupils are given the opportunity to work towards the Creative Cookie Award, three times throughout the school year.  A STEM challenge will be set for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for children to work on at home.  Children are then invited to share their creations on dojo or bring them into school.  A winner is then chosen from each Key Stage and receives a Creative Cookie medal and certificate.

For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.