All children are encouraged to develop their design and making skills through practical tasks. They are given the opportunity to use a wide variety of materials and to manipulate tools safely. Children are encouraged to design and plan their work through drawing and discussion and evaluate their models when they are complete. To develop their knowledge, skills and understanding, children also investigate a wide range of products, leading to evaluation of their own designs and finished products. Children's work will show:
• Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
• 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 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.
Reading in design and technology
In design and technology, pupils learning is extended through reading. When teaching food technology, pupils will read and follow a recipe. Pupils will also read as part of the research process as they gather ideas from existing products before using this to inform their design process. Pupils have access to a wide range of non-fiction texts to support their DT knowledge and understanding. Due to the various reading opportunities in DT, pupils are able to draw on information and vocabulary they have previously learned to further embed key knowledge.