Our vision and ambition for Design and Technology at Hemingford Grey Primary School
We want children to have:
Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
In Design Technology, the curriculum consists of different components which are taught each term in each phase: The components that are covered are: mechanisms, food, structures, textiles and as they progress electrical systems. All of these are clearly planned on our school road map for DT.
Designing: Looking at products and how they have been constructed. Children will develop the ability to plan and design for a purpose. This will become more complex as children move through each phase.
Making: Deciding on materials to be used and tools that are appropriate and useful for the making process. As children progress accurate measuring, accuracy and finishing techniques are developed.
Evaluating: Developing the techniques of critically evaluating the final product and whether they are fit for purpose and fit the original criteria.
Technical knowledge: Children are taught the language that can be used for materials and components. They use learnt knowledge from other areas of the curriculum such as science and maths.
Cooking and Nutrition: Each year are taught about the sources of food and how to prepare food through different techniques a such as grating or peeling.
In each cycle of DT that is taught an emphasis is placed on vocabulary and communication.
The process of our teaching model is:
INVESTIGATIVE, DISASSEMBLY AND EVALUATIVE ACTIVITIES (IDEAs)
FOCUSED PRACTICAL TASKS (FPTs) Children take part in focused practical tasks which is always a new skill, mechanism or process to develop their practical skills.
DESIGN AND MAKE ASSIGNMENT (DMA)