Design and Technology
Design and Technology (DT) at Awbridge Primary School
The study of Design and Technology helps to prepare children for the developing world, develop their practical life skills and it should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made. The subject draws upon a range of skills, including mathematics, art, computing and science, and promotes curiosity, resilience and imagination. In addition to this, it encourages children to become creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.
At Awbridge Primary School, the Design and Technology curriculum is carefully mapped, with some units taught discretely and others with cross-curricular links. We follow the ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach to the teaching of DT, as outlined in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study document. Through this process, we teach the children technical skills, covering a range of skill areas, including Construction, Mouldable Materials, Mechanisms, Textiles and Food and Nutrition. We feel that the teaching of Food and Nutrition is a great importance and holds great relevance in current times.
Children develop problem-solving skills and have the opportunity to take risks in their learning as they make links in their experiences, choose ways to do things and persist when challenges occur. Through practical work, children begin to select resources, test ideas and choose ways to solve problems. During the evaluation stage of our ‘Plan, Make, Evaluate’ approach, children are encouraged to reflect upon their work and the work of others against design criteria, considering the effectiveness of the methods and resources used, and responding to constructive feedback from others. Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in design and technology by making observations of the children working during lessons. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own work, highlighting their own next steps.