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Design Technology

Roots to grow and wings to fly

Intent

At By Brook Valley School, we have planned a detailed progressive curriculum that will enable our children to experience DT as a practical subject. At By Brook Valley Primary School, children will have the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products giving them roots to become inspired engineers and fly with a good foundation to build on in future years. We appreciate and plan for the natural links with other subjects such as maths, science and art and have designed a curriculum that encourages these links. 

Aims:

  • To become confident designers and engineers by performing tasks with creative, technical and practical expertise;
  • Research current products and read about a range of designers and engineers in order to inspire their own work;
  • Have a great understanding of the knowledge and skills required to make a range of high-quality products after research of the current market;
  • Make a range of useful products to varying ages;
  • Use technical vocabulary to analyse, critique and evaluate their products and others;
  • Understand the importance of nutrition in food, where our food comes from and the skills in order to cook a meal;
  • Are prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.

At By Brook Valley we use a consistent approach to the structure of DT lessons taught – design, make and evaluate. Our structure links to NC2014 and is a good model for teachers to follow to ensure that children follow real life processes that would be in place for any of the industries in the real world. This also ensures children are ready for secondary school. At By Brook Valley children develop a good knowledge base to build on year on year as a way to help retain what they learn. Teachers purposefully make deliberate links to prior learning and reference skills and knowledge previously taught in order to develop a strong retention of knowledge.

We link other subjects purposefully to DT in order to make these explicit for children to understand how professions do not work in isolation and can see the cross over. We often link our DT to our topics because we know from research that this is how children learn best- pedagogy – as they are able to make sense when they are fully immersed. We will give children the skills that they need in order to develop as DT engineers such as critical thinking, problem solving and innovation so that they are confident and that they enjoy this subject.