Design & Technology
‘Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well.
Creating these things is hugely exciting; it is an inventive, fun activity.’
At Hermitage Primary school our long term vision for design and technology is:
for all children to appreciate the importance of Design and Technology in our increasingly technological world
for children to develop creative, technical and practical expertise
for each child to build a bank of skills and knowledge they are able to use when designing and making products for a variety of users
to plan, make and evaluate their ideas and the work of others
to understand the importance of nutrition and food preparation to enable a healthy lifestyle.
The National Curriculum states that:
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciples such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At Hermitage we have developed a bespoke Scheme of Work which is used across the whole school. This scheme ensures that, throughout their time at Hermitage, children participate in a range of D&T projects -which incorporate structures, textiles, mechanisms and food - whilst learning and developing new skills.
When designing and making, children are taught to:
Design – using research to develop and design functional, purposeful products and communicate their ideas in a variety of ways.
Make – using a range of tools, skills and materials.
Evaluate – investigate existing products and influential individuals, evaluate their own and others work.
Apply Technical knowledge - for structures (strengthen, stiffen and reinforce), mechanisms (gears, levers, pulleys, cams), electrical systems (circuits with switches, bulbs, buzzers, motors), and use computers (program, monitor and control).
This is what pupils have said about Design and Technology in our school:
‘It is fun; it’s fantastic!’ – Year 1 pupil
‘It’s really fun – we get to make things from our own ideas.’ – Year 2 pupil
‘It is great because I like doing all the drawing and labelling. I like how all the ideas come together and then we make it.’ – Year 3 pupil
‘It’s good finding out how things are built and how to make things stronger. We made bridges. – Year 4 pupil
‘It’s tricky and fiddly.’ – Year 4 pupil
‘I like how you plan it first, then we are taught techniques, then we try them out before making it.’ – Year 5 pupil
‘I like the building - using skills and figuring it out as you go along - as sometimes it doesn’t work.’ – Year 6 pupil