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Design Technology

At St Mary’s, Design and Technology (DT) forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe DT stimulates creativity and imagination through problem solving and the production of quality products. We believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons where appropriate.Children are introduced to a range of assignments where they design, make, disassemble, investigate and evaluate products using a range of tools and materials safely and appropriately. 

Each area of DT is represented at different stages of the child’s education to provide a coherent scheme of work.  The activities encourage co-operative learning, problem solving and discussion focusing on skills such as analysis, evaluation, prediction and forming hypotheses.

Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.  

In Key Stage 1 the children will:

  • learn to design purposeful, functional and appealing products that are based on design criteria
  • learn how to join materials
  • make products by using a wide range of materials and develop the use of tools to cut, shape, join and finish
  • learn to evaluate products and suggest how it could be improved to be stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • learn to cook simple food with an emphasis on savoury dishes.

In Key Stage 2 the children will:

  • learn to design purposeful products that are aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • develop their ideas through detailed planning, evaluating product design, observational drawings and making prototypes 
  • learn how to use different joining techniques
  • make products and learn how to use a wide variety of tools, equipment, materials and components
  • learn how to include mechanical, electrical and computer control into products
  • learn to design and cook food with an emphasis on savoury dishes.

Progression in D/T will be assessed through work completed in pupils sketch books, displays, written work and photographic evidence. A level of ability and attitude to D/T is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents.

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