At Bedonwell we teach pupils Design and Technology so that they learn how to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices.
We aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to:
- Create record and evaluate their own original designs.
- Develop imaginative thinking so they can both talk about what they like and dislike when investigating and evaluating their own designs and those of others.
- Use appropriate vocabulary to convey their ideas about how things work.
- Develop and practice specific skills and knowledge.
- Apply and relate their skills across the curriculum.
- Develop an understanding of the way things work for their intended purpose.
- Encourage the selection of appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
Our Teaching and Learning Style
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our Design Technology lessons following the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum. Pupils are taught and encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating the product they have made. We do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities across other subjects including literacy, maths, art and science. Pupils also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including computing.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn about Design Technology through the 'Expressive Arts and Design' area. This involves planning activities for children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as provide opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in design and technology. Some examples of what the children design and make are making porridge for The Three Bears, making puppets and pirate ships.
In Key stages one and two, children learn about Design Technology following the requirements of the National Curriculum. Below are some examples of our KS1 making sandwiches and picture frames projects and our KS2 making flatbread and bridges projects.
Assessment and Recording
Teachers assess children’s progress in Design Technology by observing them working during lessons. They record the progress children make by assessing the children’s work against the learning objectives for their lesson.