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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Design Technology

Design Technology (D.T.) Curriculum

WDPS provides our pupils with opportunities to develop their skills, using a variety of tools and materials, including wood, clay, textiles and food. Children are encouraged to plan, design, make and also evaluate their work through a variety of creative and practical activities.  The WDPS Core Values (‘Learner Profile’ and ‘Attitudes to Promote’) are embedded in the children’s learning experiences in the International Primary Curriculum  and the WDPS Life Skills Challenge modules including ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’ where the children learn bushcraft skills and how to manage the school allotments.


We believe that children should learn to produce practical solutions to real problems and in so doing they will not only develop their technical understanding and making skills, but they will also learn about design methods and investigate their environment and the materials around them.


At WDPS, during Design Technology lessons, the children will develop the ‘Attitudes to Promote’ and ‘Learner Profile’ values of working together, open mindedness, risk takers, enquirers, communicators, collaboration, creativity, enthusiasm  and adaptability.

 

Phase 1

  • Design purposeful, functional and appealing products
  • Generate, model and communicate ideas
  • Use a range of tools and materials to complete practical tasks within  ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’
  • Evaluate existing products and own ideas
  • Build and improve structure and mechanisms
  • Joining natural materials within ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’
  • Understand where food comes from and make sandwiches within the ‘WDPS Life Skills Challenge’ modules

 

Phase 2

  • Use research and criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose
  • Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas
  • Evaluate existing products and improve own work within ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’ building shelters.
  • Use mechanical systems in own work
  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet ‘WDPS Life Skills Challenge’ task making beans on toast
  • Understand seasonality; and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed utilising  ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’

 

Phase 3

  • Use research and criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose and aimed at specific groups
  • Use annotated sketches, cross-section diagrams and computer-aided design
  • Analyse and evaluate existing products and improve own work
  • Use mechanical and electrical systems in own products, including programming as well as using more complex tools within the ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’ (whittling tools)
  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Understand seasonality; and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, tended  and harvested within ‘WDPS I Can Do It!’
  • Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, including  creating a pasta dish as part of ‘WDPS Life Skills Challenge’
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