Nook Lane Junior School Subject Overviews - Design Technology

Vision

At Nook Lane Junior School we endeavour for our children to receive high-quality design technology lessons that enable them to gain experiences in designing, making and evaluating products. At Nook Lane, design technology calls for pupils to become creative problem solvers both as individuals and as members of a team. Through a variety of projects design technology ignites children's curiosity and creativity, encouraging a passion for life-long learning.

In their designing and making, pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics and function. Through the curriculum we aim to teach children a wealth of life-long practical skills such as sewing, cooking, woodwork and electronics. The DT curriculum will cultivate positive attitudes and allow children to be determined, persevere and be resilient, challenging and supporting all children to be the best learners that they can be.

Where possible, the curriculum will allow students to work closely together with parents, families and the local and wider community. By working alongside people from industry, the design technology curriculum will allow children to foster attitudes which enable then to become responsible and caring global citizens prepared for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.

Intent

At Nook Lane Junior School, we aspire to help children develop as designers, building progressively each year on the following Design Technology key intentions:

DT1  Children will evaluate and take inspiration from existing products considering innovations. They can/ will use their research of existing products to develop design criteria for innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose and aimed at particular individuals or groups.
DT2  Children will produce a variety of designs to communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and Computer Aided Design.
DT3  Children will prepare and store food using different practical skills. They will understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet and prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
DT4  Children will work with a range of materials using different practical skills and have opportunities to select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks. Children will select from, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities, a wide range of materials and components,including construction materials, textiles and ingredients.
DT5  Children will evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Key Concepts

Throughout their learning, children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts that are continually returned to and discussed within each unit of learning so they can answer the 'bigger questions' listed below:

  1. Innovation - How is design used to bring about change so things are done in a new way in order to make improvements?
  2. Functionality and aesthetics - How is a products appearance and function considered when designing products and why is this important?
  3. Design - How do plans and drawings show the look and function of producs before they are made?
  4. Nutritian and health - How can I design products that are healthy and varied in diet?
  5. Technology - How is science or knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools and techniques?
  6. Evaluation - Why is evaluation important in design and how is it used to consider the value, nature, character or quality of something?

Design Technology Key Intentions and Concepts

 

 

 

 

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Implementation

  • The National Curriculum is followed and the children are given opportunities to design, make and evaluate a range of products using a variety of materials throughout Key Stage 2.
  • DT units of work taught in each year group are linked to the theme learning that takes place in each year group and aim to inspire the children to work creatively, develop resilience and produce a finished product they are proud of.
  • The skills taught in DT are progressive and allow children to create more complex products and work with a variety of materials as they move through school. The skills progression is outlined on the DT curriculum progression map.
  • Where possible, DT units are linked to enterprise and developing community links.
  • DT units of work enable children to develop practical skills of sewing, food technology, woodwork and electronics.
  • The tasks children undertake in DT allow a variety of grouping to take place to teach the children the value of working individually, in pairs and in larger groups to achieve their goals.

Impact

  • Children will become proficient in a range of practical skills such as sawing, sewing, cutting, joining materials which can be transferred to a variety life skills needed for the future.
  • Children will become more resilient and able to work creatively and logically when faced with challenges. They will enjoy problem solving and be motivated to work through challenges methodically.
  • Children will see the benefits of teamwork and understand the need to seek expertise and experience of people in the community who have skills in various areas DT.
  • Children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts that are continually returned to and discussed within each unit of learning so they can answer the 'bigger questions' listed below:
  1. Innovation - How has innovation been used to bring about change so things are done in a new way in order to make improvements?
  2. Functionality and aesthetics - How is a products appearance and function considered when designing products and why is this important?
  3. Design - How do plans and drawings show the look and function of producs before they are made?
  4. Nutritian and health - How can I design products that are healthy and varied in diet?
  5. Technology - How is science or knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools and techniques?
  6. Evaluation - Why is evaluation important in design and how is it used to consider the value, nature, character or quality of something?

Overview of Learning

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 Designing and making replica Canopic Jars.
Clay skills.
    Picnic preparation (Preparing sandwiches and vegetables&#;   Pull-along mini beast.
Wooden square based chassis with axils / wheels.
Year 4   Sewing - applique, joining basic embroidery. Christmas decorations. CAM toys linked to history   CAD and 3D printing. AMRC link.  
Year 5 Design and make dens. Small and large scale.   Making a Saxon Brooch. Clay skills (Art) Designing using pulleys   Designing products for mountain rescue event.
Year 6   Making Scones and products for Christmas fair (enterprise) Modroc creatures
Wire creations
Designing a company to create a successful company uniform, 3D key badge and model and electric car

Example DT unit overview - an example of a unit of work, showing our sequencing and progression as well as links to key concepts and vocabulary.

Example DT Unit Overview

Example DT unit overview - an example of a unit of work, showing the sequencing and progression as well as links to key concepts and vocabulary.

Curriculum

Our Curriculum: Design Technology subject booklet gives full details of:

  • National Curriculum, and
  • Knowledge & Skills Progression

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