Design and Technology
At BMJS, Design and Technology (DT) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. It is the purposeful use of inventive thinking and creative activity leading to the production of a product which best satisfies a perceived need. It involves investigating, designing, making and evaluating products fit for a purpose of improving, refining and extending the use of existing products. Pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, scientific and industrial practices. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and as members of a team. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating, informed users of products and become innovators themselves.
The aims of Design and Technology are:
- to develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
- 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 man-made world and how we live and work within it;
- to develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society;
- to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
Teaching and Learning
In their own DT skills children should be able to:
- Be provided with opportunities to observe, ask questions to identify and understand elements of design and technology in the natural and manmade world
- Understand how to use tools and equipment safely
- Practice co-operative and organizational skills
- Have opportunities to direct their own learning
- Relate DT projects into other areas of learning
- Develop knowledge and understanding of: materials and components; mechanisms and control systems; structures; existing products, and health and safety.
- Develop skills of designing, planning and making products fit for a purpose.
- Evaluate their own products and those of others.
- Acquire and refine the practical skills and techniques, to safely work with a wide range of materials and components.
- Create a high quality finish through combining their designing and making skills, with knowledge and understanding.
- Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making.
- Explore values about attitudes to the manmade world and how we live and work within it.
- Develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society.
- Develop clear links between ICT and DT.
Design and Technology is taught as part of an engaging cross-curricular four year rolling programme.
It may well be linked also to work done in English.