D&T

Vision for Design and Technology

Children at Brooke Primary Academy will use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems considering their own and others’ needs during Design and Technology projects. Children will use their Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art knowledge.

Ambition

Design and Technology (D&T) brings learning to life.  It allows children to create products following the design process, planning, creating and making innovative products that they can see, touch and even taste for themselves. This in turn creates a real sense of pride and achievement in their work.

At Brooke Primary Academy we believe that Design and Technology encourages our pupils to develop problem-solving skills, both individually and as part of a team.  It encourages resilience and the idea of perseverance as well as introducing practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and sustainable issues.

Implementation

Design Technology at Brooke Primary Academy is taught every term to allow pupils the chance to immerse themselves in a project.  Lessons develop new, often practical skills that will be beneficial to pupils both now and later in their lives.

During their Design and Technology lessons pupils will learn how to take risks in a safe environment and how to respond when challenges arise.  Children will develop their skills as independent learners thanks to the problem-solving nature of this subject.  We also encourage pupils to be reflective learners, celebrating their successes and reviewing where improvements can be made to products.

Impact

At the end of their time here at Brooke Primary Academy we expect our children will be able to:

  • Have developed practical skills required to successfully create products
  • Produce detailed plans that help them during the making process
  • Test and evaluate their own work and the work of others, making improvements when necessary to ensure that products are fit for purpose
  • Understand nutrition and know how to cook simple meals

Finally, we hope that D&T will instil in our children a lasting confidence to try things and experiment.

Further information and resources

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

BBC bitesize ks2 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyr9wmn 

Topmarks design technology https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=7 

Fun kids live design technology https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/design-technology/# 

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