Last edited: July 2021

Design and Technology

Last updated: July 2021

 

Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to explore real life inventions and technologies and link their knowledge learnt in other lessons such as English, Science, Art and Computing. Children will be able to develop practical and lifelong skills to help them with their future, both in a career and independent living.

The National Curriculum for Design and Technology is divided into 5 key areas.

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional,appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing].
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately.
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.
  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

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  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.
  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products
  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • understand where food comes from.
  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

In year 3/4, we use our understanding of programming to build and programme robots. We build them using Lego kit We Do 2.0. Once it is built, we use our prior knowledge of Scratch to programme them.

To help us apply our understanding of computing to program, monitor and control our products, we use Makey Makeys. These allow us to wire in a control panel into our product, which we can then program using Scratch.

We use Knex regularly to help us when we are building prototypes, learning how to build secure structures using triangulation and when understanding wheels and axles.

Look at all the amazing work we have done in EYFS!

During our Topic, Bright Lights and Big City we are learning about the fire at Thomas Farriner’s bakery. We wanted to know more about bakeries and  the job of a bread baker. We will be investigating how bread is made and even making our own bread!

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Firs Primary School
Raven Street
Derby
DE22 3WA
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