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Little Hill Primary School

Little Hill Primary School

Little Hill Primary School

Design and Technology

Intent

At Little Hill we aim for design and technology to be a rigorous and practical experience that allows the pupils to use their 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 disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. We encourage our children to ‘dare to be different’ learning how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. We understand the importance of evaluating of past and present design and technology, we are helping them to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. At Little Hill we understand that high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Implementation 

Design and Technology in primary schools develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.

Design and Technology education involves two important elements - learning about the designed and made world and how things work, and learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users.

In Design and Technology, children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety.

The skills learned in Design and Technology also help with learning across the curriculum. Their knowledge about the properties of materials helps in science and the practice of measuring accurately helps in maths. These skills help in IT through the children’s use of computer control and, naturally, in art and design.

Design and Technology education helps develop children’s skills and knowledge in design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control. They are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and are actively encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise.

There are three core activities children engage with in Design and Technology:

  • Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products
  • Focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills
  • Designing and making activities in which children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'

These three activities are combined in sequence to create a Design and Technology project.

Foundation

Construction

Year 1

Sliders

Food Technology

Year 2 - 

 

Moving Robots

Food Technology

Year 3

Construction with Magnets (Linked with Science)

Evaluating past/existing products.

Year 4 - 

 

 Clay Pots

 

Food Technology

Year 5 -

 

CAM Mechanisms

Pneumatic Rockets

 

Year 6 -

 

 

Food Technology

Woodwork