At Devonshire Primary Academy we are committed to providing our pupils with opportunities to develop their Design Technology capability through projects in which they design, make and evaluate products. Design and Technology is a subject that encourages children to think creatively and solve practical problems. Through a process of research, planning, making and evaluating, children apply their learning to solving meaningful real-life tasks. Practical skills such as creating structures and mechanisms, choosing and using appropriate tools and materials, adding electronic components to models, and safe and healthy cooking techniques, are all linked to class topics or situations the children experience everyday. Cooking and nutrition projects teach children how to prepare a range of healthy foods, as well as learning where food comes from and when and how it grows.

 

Aims

 

Our aims in teaching Design and Technology are that all children will:

 

  • Develop their creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently in preparation for them to participate successfully in our increasingly technological world.

  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.

  • Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making using a wide range of materials;

  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others;

  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

 

 

Teaching and Learning

 

Design and Technology is important at Devonshire because:

 

  • It is interesting and enjoyable, providing an awareness of the environment in which we live.

  • The skills and knowledge of Design and Technology have wide applicability in everyday life.

  • It allows children to think imaginatively and explore how familiar things around them work.

 

Design and Technology lessons are predominantly delivered through topic based activities, in order to make relevant links to other areas of the curriculum.

 

Teachers in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 use a progressive skills ladder across the year groups which is based on National Curriculum expectations.

 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Design and Technology forms part of the learning children acquire under the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ branch of the Foundation Stage curriculum. The children will learn through first-hand experiences of construction in different forms, structure and joins, using a range of tools, exploration and discussion, and cooking techniques.  They will be encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and to talk about why they have made their decisions.