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Concord Junior School

Design & Technology

Our Design & Technology Intent

Our intent is for our Design and Technology curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own work.  

The units of work are intended to encourage children to learn through a variety of creative and practical activities. Through these activities, pupils will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage successfully and with increasing independence in the process of designing and making. The units include investigative and evaluative activities where children learn from a range of existing products. Pupils are then encouraged to use the knowledge gained when designing and making their own products. Children will develop skills to be able to evaluate their products, consider the views of others and their own design criteria.

There is a key emphasis on looking at design and technology in a wider context from foods around the world to looking at how machines and mechanisms help shape the world we live in. 

There is also a due consideration on sustainability, with children engaging in projects that require them to consider the environmental impact of their designs whilst utilising recyclable materials in their work.

Key Concepts 

DT at Concord is underpinned by these key concepts. The children are aware of the different concepts and which they are developing within the context of each lesson.

We also develop 5 key skills* within the planning for Design and Technology:

Evaluating: own ideas and products; existing products; key events and individuals.

Designing: understanding contexts, users and purpose; generating, developing, modelling and communicating ideas.

Making: planning and practical skills and techniques.

Technical Knowledge: making products work.

Cooking and Nutrition: where food comes from; food preparation, cooking and nutrition. 

* Taken from ‘The Design and Technology Association’s Design and Technology Progression Framework’.

How is our Design & Technology curriculum designed?

Where appropriate, we have planned for opportunities for the children to complete their DT learning as part of their half-term theme.  Using these cross-curricular links allows the children the opportunity to apply their knowledge and vocabulary in different contexts. Examples of this include the children building automated models to  show the workings of the Solar System, building at range of fairground rides with different movements and the children writing programs to control movement and other electrical devices.

Finally, there is a Food Technology strand to our work in DT and in each year, children partake in activities involving creating a range of foods with nutritional value high on the agenda.

Our curriculum provides children with a range of hands-on experiences, with a range of materials, allowing them opportunity to create, refine and evaluate their work. 

As pupils progress, we expect them to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Design and Technology so that they are prepared for their next stage of education and beyond.