Navigation
Home Page

Design Technology

Our vision at Norwood...

We believe that through the Design and Technology curriculum, children should:

 

* have the opportunity to explore creativity, innovation, independence and reflection

* take part in motivating projects with challenging goals that will allow all children to flourish

* develop key technical competency and vocabulary

* develop key skills, such as teamwork, resilience and resourcefulness.

 

By the end of their primary years, children will be able to independently set design criteria, research a project, use a wide range of tools, equipment and resources and reflect on the design process in order to evaluate their work and learning journey.

The 5 key strands of D&T:

Our Design and Technology programme of study links closely with our cross curricular topic themes. The children have the opportunity to design, construct and evaluate products connected with their learning -  from vehicles to puppets to smoothies - while learning to use a range of tools and techniques. There are 5 key strands of learning: Materials and Structures, Mechanisms, Textiles, Food and Nutrition and Electrical Systems.

Materials/Structures: Children progressively learn how to measure, cut and join materials to create specific structures, following a design criteria. In KS1, the focus is on learning about ways to strengthen, stiffen their products, and by the end of KS2, children will be applying this knowledge to a wide range of more complex structures.

Mechanisms

With strong links to our Science curriculum, in our Mechanism units, children will study levers, sliders, wheels and axels - in Key Stage One - leading onto work on pulleys, gears and cams in Key Stage Two.

Textiles: In our textile units, children learn how to design items for a purpose and then measure, cut and join materials using a variety of different methods.
Food and Nutrition: Our work in food and nutrition work focusses on healthy eating and understanding where food comes from. Children will have the opportunity to learn about foods and to develop a variety of skills and techniques in order to make food and prepare dishes.
Electrical systems: Working with aspects of electrical systems is introduced in Key Stage Two, where we try to incorporate electrical circuits, including light bulbs, motors and switches into our designs.
Key Documents

Top