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D & T

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

From concept to product

In Design and Technology pupils learn to develop, plan and communicate ideas. They work with a range of tools and materials to make quality products, making creative and informed choices along the way.  Children discuss, evaluate and amend the processes and products in the light of their market research. Giving and receiving constructive advice is a crucial part of the process . Mistakes are an integral part of Design and Technology. How else would we know how to develop and improve a product?  Resilience and perseverance, above all, are skills that can be gained through D&T.  

In the Early Years, D & T is an important part of the school day, with regular provision for model making and building. Children are constantly encouraged to talk about their choices and to evaluate and make changes accordingly, be it while making a box model, construction or building with blocks in the outside area. 

As children move through the Infants and Juniors, lessons focus on 4 key areas:

  • Designing
  • Making  
  • Evaluating
  • Using Technical Knowledge.

In the Infants

Children begin to use their own experiences to influence their designs and, through talking and working with others, they bring their ideas into reality. They learn new vocabulary and they learn to apply their ideas to real-life problems.Then they build on their previous experiences of investigating objects around them to develop their own solutions to the problem.  Exploring how familiar things work, talking, drawing and modelling are  key elements of being a engineer or designer.  

In the Juniors

Children gain a lot of satisfaction in designing and developing product for others to use, eat or buy. They work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities.  The focus tends to remain on 'meeting a need' or 'solving a problem' and as they get older, market forces become part of planning process. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them as well as conducting market research with potential buyers. Junior classes are involved in 'mini-enterprise' activities for the PTA Summer Fayre. They plan carefully what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs.   Year Six  undertake a Dragons Den type project to plan a product from concept to market. They pitch their idea to a panel in order to get start up funding, they use their previous D and T experience to manufacture or source their product,  advertise and sell at a Dragons' Den Fair. Of course, after the event, they  pay back the start-up funding (plus interest) and use the profit to support their favourite charities.

For details of Skills Progression, please see below

To see how DT fits into the wider curriculum, please click on the Curriculum maps tab to the left.

The curriculum we use is led by the National Curriculum.