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Design & Technology

Curriculum Content and Design

  • Implementation

    Children design products with a purpose in mind and with an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from and the importance of a varied and healthy diet. They also explore how to prepare this.

    Design and Technology embeds our Heyes Lane values, it provides an active approach to learning which allows children to have a creative outlook and develops their connection to the environment. Design and Technology is cross curricular and draws upon subject knowledge and skills within Science, Computing, Art and Mathematics. Children learn to take risks, reflect on their work and be resilient. Through the past and present technology they can reflect on the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world.

  • Impact

    We aim for our Design and Technology teaching and learning to provide a range of skills and knowledge that will support their progression into Key Stage 3 and beyond. They will be taught skills that they can transfer to other areas such as, resilience, critical thinking and problem solving. These are key skills that are developed through our teaching of Design and Technology at Heyes Lane. Through our Cooking and Nutrition, children will leave Heyes Lane with a crucial life skill that allows children to feed themselves and others well.

Progression and Outcome

At Heyes Lane, we measure children’s success in Design and Technology across the skills and knowledge they gain through the National Curriculum. From EYFS through to Key Stage 1, then through the Key Stage 2, planning is built on what the children already know and how this can progress forward.

In Early Years, pupils experience a wide range of activities linked to expressive art and design. Activities are planned for children to explore, observe, solve problems, think crucially and make decisions about their products. Time is planned to talk to the children about why they chose to make their product in a specific way. Design and Technology is encouraged through focused activities and continuous provision across the Early Years setting.
The foundations for cooking and nutrition are built in the EYFS. Children explore food and begin to understand the basic principles of a healthy diet. Children also begin to use tools effectively to prepare a range of healthy dishes, including pumpkin soup.

DT in Key Stage 1
DT then progresses into Key Stage 1, where, in line with the National Curriculum, lessons are planned to build on the foundations built in EYFS. Key Stage 1 allows children to have control and influence over their products that they are creating during the designing and making process. Children spend time planning their products and evaluate their products based on the design criteria. Children develop the skills needed to build and join effective products based on a design. By the end of Key Stage 1, children will have a bank of technical knowledge and skills which will be built on as they move into Key Stage 2.
Cooking and Nutrition is also taught in line with the National Curriculum. Children are taught the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet. This culminates in a ‘Healthy Bodies, Happy Minds’ project.  

DT in Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 further allows children to develop their designing, making and evaluating. Children work to solve problems and create products that are fit for purpose. For example, in Year 3, children design, make and evaluate cuffs for mountain explorers. They explore a range of materials and develop their technical skills in joining pieces together. Children explore a range of mechanisms and joints throughout their time in Key Stage 2. The designing process develops as the children move into Key Stage 2, where more detailed drawings and labels are expected. Children also create more intricate products, and sometimes use circuits in their designing and making. For example, Year 6 create a search and rescue helicopter that uses a circuit in their product.

Cooking and nutrition is also developed where children understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet, this builds on previous knowledge from Key Stage 1. In Year 3, children become personal trainers and help design a healthy meal designed to suit the needs of different individuals with different levels of activity.