Design & Technology
Design and Technology provides pupils with practical experiences and problem-solving within a managed and structured programme of learning. It is an area of study that focuses on questioning, analysing, designing and creating things: the very transferrable skills that enable a student to make sense of their experienced world and build connections between curriculum subjects.
At Harris Garrard, we believe that the study of Design and Technology builds up valuable skills in creative problem-solving, empathic understanding of others' needs and evaluation. Class-based group activities promote communication and teamwork skills.
We aim to develop, embed and consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding through schemes of learning in each year group – ensuring that our students can grow and reach their full potential. The end goal is that students can respond to challenges with the confidence to use the iterative design systems we have both learned and practiced.
Practical outcomes are the result of original creative responses brought about by independently knowing which skills, techniques and knowledge to apply.
In the Primary phase, Food technology and Product Design are taught as part of Design Technology, which is a key subject within the Primary National Curriculum.
For further details about the DT curriculum please contact Richard Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of the intent, implementation and impact of our Design & Technology curriculum are contained in our curriculum plan, which can be downloaded below.
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You can also download Knowledge Organisers for each year group from our Knowledge Organisers page.
Primary Currirulum - Design & Technology
Good buildings come from good people and all problems are solved by good design.’ Steven Gardiner
Design and technology is an innovative subject which allows pupils to develop transferable life skills that they will use as they develop through education and later in life. Through assessing, designing, making and evaluating, pupils are able to identify and address needs in a supported and controlled environment.
The programme of study for Design and Technology 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.’
Key objectives of intent within the Design Technology Curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance:
- Products are to be made for a purpose.
- Individuality should be ensured in children’s design and construction of products.
- Delivery of the two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition.
- More emphasis to be given on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
- Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages.
- Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared.
- The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2.
- Researching key events and individual designers in the History of Technologyâ¯in KS2.
Within Design and Technology, we facilitate pupils exploring the following areas:
- 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
- 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
Design and Technology enables pupils to use cross-curricular skills, particularly Maths, Science, Art and English. It is vital to provide pupils with opportunities to nurture creativity, and innovation through design and exploring the designed and made world where we live and work.
Miss D’Souza, Primary DT Lead
Design Technology GCSE is ideal preparation for AS Technology courses and a range of other post-16 Art, Design and Technology courses.
It is also good preparation for a number of careers such as but not limited to:
- Automotive engineering
- Civil engineering
- Building services
- Electrical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Architectural technology
- Digital & multimedia design
- 3D design
- Communication design
- Interaction design
- Management / administration
- Spatial designer
Find out more about the careers programme at Harris Garrard Academy.
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