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Subjects - DT

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Subject Definition
DT is about designing and making 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose.' Designers do this by using their creativity and imagination to explore, design, make and evaluate a range of exciting products.

 

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works." - Steve Jobs

Useful Websites

Eat Happy is the initiative linked to Tesco and ‘Farm to Fork’. On this page there are many useful recipes and activities associated with food preparation. The activities are fun to do and help children to become motivated in finding out where their food comes from.

https://www.eathappyproject.com/at-home/

Jamie Oliver’s home cooking skills page provides you with a large number of videos to demonstrate a variety of food preparation skills. They are quick to watch and very informative.

http://www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/skills.php

 

The Teaching ideas website provides many ideas for various design projects that you can complete with your child at home.

 http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/subjects/dt

Free resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating.

http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/

The BBC website is packed full of lessons and practical DT activities. (ks1)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb9d7ty   

This website is all about learning to use Lego for all sorts of DT projects, as well as finding out about Lego.

https://www.lego.com/engb/eng/create/activities

 Inventive Kids is a place where children and adults can learn about inventors and inventions, and their own creative potential!

https://inventivekids.com/

Intent

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children work in a range of relevant contexts (for example home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).

At St Andrew’s, we provide pupils with learning opportunities that fulfil the criteria of the Primary National Curriculum and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life. When designing and making, the children are taught to, design, make and evaluate. Key skills and key knowledge for D and T have been mapped across the school to ensure progression throughout the phases.

Implementation

  • DT is delivered through a cross curricular topic approach where the subject is incorporated into the topic’s learning journey.

  • Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.

  • At St Andrews Primary, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

  • We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

Impact

We ensure the children:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.