Design and Technology Curriculum Statement
Aiming High Together
At Lowton West, we believe Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which allows children to be creative and imaginative when working as individuals or as part of a team. At Lowton West, we give all children the opportunity to design and make a variety of products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own needs and the needs of others’, their wants and values. We aim to provide all children with a broad range of subject knowledge in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Evaluating and reflecting on past and present design and technology, gives children an understanding of its uses, impact and effect on daily life and the wider world. Designers at Lowton West are innovators with a desire to produce high-quality products.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children work in a range of relevant contexts. For example: home and school (gardens and playground), culture, enterprise, industry and the wider community.
When designing and making, the children are taught to:
Use research and develop the design criteria to inform the design of innovative functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aid at particular individuals or groups
Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross – sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer – aided design
Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately. For example: cutting, shaping, joining and finishing
Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.
Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
Understand and use mechanical systems in their products
Understand and use electrical systems in their products
Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products
At Lowton West, we develop the creative and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks. We ensure that all children learn to take risks as designers that will
enable them to become resilient and participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. In Key Stage 1, all children will begin to build a repertoire of knowledge that will further progress and be applied across Key Stage 2 when designing and making high- quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. During the design process, designers at Lowton West have the opportunity to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products as well as the work of others to enable them to understand the most suitable materials to use and consider any further developments and improvements for future products. As well as understanding and applying the principles of nutrition, children at Lowton West will learn how to cook; through designing and making a range of products and equipment that are age appropriate for both key stages.