Design and Technology
What does Design and Technology look like at Ormesby Primary School?
At Ormesby Primary School, we aim to prepare children for the developing and ever changing world. We encourage the children to use their imagination and creativity to solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, both as individuals and as part of a team. Wherever possible we provide opportunities for the children to draw on knowledge from other subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art. Through the teaching of Design and Technology we aspire that our children will develop a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed, made and how they work.
We follow the 2014 National Curriculum (see objectives grid) and our intention is that all children:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently
- Build and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a range of uses
- Evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
To find out what your child will be learning in Nursery or Reception, click here.
To find out what your child will be learning in Design and Technology from Year 1 to Year 6, please download the overview documents below:
Design and Technology Overview and Planning
How We Teach Design and Technology at Ormesby Primary School
Teachers are given the flexibility to teach D.T. in a way which is purposeful to the children and captures their imagination. We try to give D.T. a context through cross-curricular topics and links within other areas of the curriculum. D.T. can be taught regularly each week or may be blocked to allow for in-depth learning. (See long term planning objectives).
Wherever possible teaching will follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. The design process will be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. When making products, children should be given a choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. Children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria.
Children in Foundation Stage are taught D.T. through the ‘Understanding of the World’ and ‘Physical’ elements of the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. The children will be provided with structured tasks and the opportunity to investigate independently, both in the classroom and in the outside area. They will be encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and to talk about why they have made their decisions. Children will be taught to use a variety of tools safely and effectively.
What is the Impact of Design and Technology at Ormesby Primary School?
Through high quality teaching and learning we aim for children to:
- Develop creative, technical and practical expertise
- Learn how to take risks and not be afraid to adapt and develop their ideas
- Develop a critical understanding of the impact and importance of D.T. on their daily life and the wider world
- Develop the confidence to be independent and take responsibility for their own learning
- Achieve age-related expectations as set out by the National Curriculum using our in school assessment system
- Have high aspirations to do their very best in school and through to further study
Teachers track children’s progress against the National Curriculum objectives for Design and Technology. This information helps teachers to plan for future learning and identify children who require support or further challenge.