At Priestsic Primary and Nursery School, the subject of Design and Technology is delivered through the school Learning Challenge Curriculum, which is based on FOCUS EDUCATION (UK.) Design and Technology, like Science, helps children to make sense of the world in which they live and the fact that it is all around them in the form of buildings, structures, shapes and materials. The three main elements of Design and Technology in our school are: Refining and Improving Ideas; Increasing Skill, Dexterity and Accuracy in Using Tools, Equipment and Materials and The Ability to Reflect on and Evaluate the Effectiveness of Products. We also study the importance of Health and Safety, especially when using tools.
At Priestsic, our aim is to refine children's skills in designing, making and evaluating products and also develop their technical knowledge. Each year group has access to SIX Learning Challenges over the academic year, which equates to one per half term. In addition, children also have opportunities to access Design and Technology through our recent innovation of 'Rainbow Time!'
Broadly speaking, the six main strands in this subject are: CONSTRUCTION, MOULDABLE MATERIALS, MECHANISMS, TEXTILES, COOKING and NUTRITION and MATERIALS. Each of these strands has a theme or question to be explored and investigated from the Focus Education Overview. These learning challenges have a degree of flexibility in terms of how and when they are done in each year group and teachers will often pick a Design and Technology topic and adapt it to 'fit' other areas of learning. By its nature, the subject of Design and Technology is cross-curricular and teachers will, where possible, make links with other subjects such as Art, Science, Computing, History, Maths and English. It can be a wonderful 'tool' for weaving subjects together and bringing learning alive!
From Key Stage One we begin to develop pupils' technical knowledge through building structures and exploring how different mechanisms work. Pupils also start learning to cook food and investigate nutrition. In addition, they start to learn the basic principles of healthy eating and understand where an increasing range of food comes from.
In Key Stage Two, children build and expand on the technical knowledge they acquire in Key Stage One and use a range of mechanical systems in their products, including electrical devices and components. In Upper Key Stage Two, computing is also used to program, monitor and control their products. Children also learn to refine a range of cooking techniques and learn in more depth about the principles and importance of a varied and balanced diet. Furthermore, children examine seasonality as well as explore how ingredients are sourced, grown, reared, caught and processed.
Priestsic Primary and Nursery School strives to equip children with the design, making and evaluative skills to understand our modern and fast-changing world and have a positive future impact on it through becoming creative and versatile thinkers!
Year 1 have been investigating vehicles as part of their DT Learning Challenge Curriculum. They then designed, built, tested and evaluated their vehicles. It was lots of fun!