Design and Technology
Design and Technology is taught in all classes and ranges from exploring different materials to create simple models to food technology and designing fruit salads, making puppets and and investigating levers, axles and wheels to make objects move.
In the last few years, we have liaised with local secondary schools to allow the children to learn wood working skills.
Our termly curriculum letters will let you know what skills our child will be learning in this area of the school curriculum.
Intent of Design and Technology at Broad Oak Primary School
Design technology at Broad Oak prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow's rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. Our objectives in the teaching of design technology are; To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things; To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas; To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures; To explore attitudes towards the world and how we live and work within it; To develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society; To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things.
Implementation of Design and Technology at Broad Oak Primary School
Staff follow a rigorous scheme of work, which allows the children to work towards the intent of the subject. All children access the subject and staff are reflective in the planning to meet the needs of all pupils. Vocabulary is key within this subject and all new words are shared with the pupils. The coordinator is abreast with all developments in the subject and staff are kept up to date with any changes in the subject. The school works collaboratively with other local schools to ensure best practice is shared and developed. Currently the subject is being reviewed in respect of assessment and monitoring progress. This is being done through using current assessment materials, book scrutinies and pupil interviews.
Impact of Design and Technology at Broad Oak Primary School
Staff ensure that any DT work is relevant to the children and suits the needs of our pupils. The need for the product is made clear at all stages of testing, designing and evaluating. Teachers enjoy teaching DT and this reflects in the work of the children. Evidence of the processes involved in a design project is often practical and can be documented through photographs or video clips.