Curriculum / Design & Technology Subject Page

1. Intent

Design and Technology (D&T) is a vital part of our curriculum as it helps to prepare children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. D&T should provide children with a real-life context for learning whilst learning about past and present technology. At Arunside, children receive D&T curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The children will work towards end goals following the principles of the 3Ss – Make ‘Something’ – For ‘Someone’ – For ‘Some Purpose’. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a new product. In these fun and engaging lessons, the children will also develop their use of technical vocabulary. In D&T lessons, children will be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real-life purpose. Correct equipment will be chosen and used accurately by the children and methods will be carefully selected to match the task and used effectively. The skills learned in D&T also help with learning across the curriculum. Here are some examples – knowledge about the properties of materials helps in Science and the practice of measuring accurately helps in Mathematics. Teachers follow the ‘Projects on a Page’ documents supplied by The Design and Technology Association to support their planning.