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 GEMs Wantage Primary Academy, 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 areas of the curriculum. 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.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a 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). We use STEM resources to place problems in real life contexts.
Key skills for D and T have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. This also ensures that there is a context for the children’s work in Design and Technology; that they learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study.
Through our high-quality DT sessions, children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and 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.
Design Technology - Mastery and Greater Depth
Creating the opportunity for Greater Depth in Design Technology involves allowing pupils the independence to apply their learning at a deeper level. This means that pupils working at greater depth are expected to be able to:
- GD pupils will demonstrate a creative response to the problem (as long as the design brief is well thought out and provides some scope for originality)
- GD pupils will stick tightly to the brief and consider the end user’s needs and preferences throughout the process
- GD pupils will naturally think deeply and critically about other products and also about their own product
- GD pupils will likely amend their product as they go to improve its outcome
- GD pupils will display high quality presentation and precision in their design and make