Design Technology

DT Intent

Our intent, when teaching Design Technology, is for pupils to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.  We want children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable these designs.  We want them to have the opportunities to make their designs using a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products and apply a broad range of knowledge, skills, and understanding.  Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology projects, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

DT Implementation

At Thakeham Primary we teach one DT block each term.  Each unit starts with an investigative lesson where the children evaluate a product against a set criteria.  A series of lessons will then allow the children to research, design, problem solve, practice relevant skills, make, evaluate and present a product as a solution to a problem.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage children explore, develop, construct, evaluate and adapt their ideas purposefully using a range of media and tools. This learning forms the foundations for later work in Design and Technology.  Children have daily opportunities to explore Design and Technology.  We provide a range of experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, critical thinking and discussion. These activities, indoors and outdoors, attract the children’s interest and curiosity. 

DT Impact

Our DT Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills.  Our children will have developed their ability to problem solve, design, make and evaluate products to solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

-        Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

-        Governor monitoring with our subject DT link governor.

-        Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.

-        Photo evidence of the pupils’ practical learning.

-        Foundation Assessments at the end of a unit of work.