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Lordship Lane Primary School

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Design & Technology (DT)

Design and Technology (DT) at Lordship Lane

 

Aims

Our Design and Technology (DT) curriculum has two broads aims. Firstly, we aim to develop the manual skills that children need to create a range of products. Secondly, we aim for children to develop an understanding of the design process and its problem-solving nature, including the importance of evaluating and refining products.

 

Curriculum

Our DT curriculum is based on Projects on a Page, developed by the Design and Technology Association and covers all the expectations of the National Curriculum. Children work on three DT projects over the year, one in each full term. These projects cover a wide range of DT, including structures, mechanisms, food, textiles and digital design.

 

DT Teaching

In EYFS, children begin to develop their DT skills in a range of ways. For example, they are provided with a range of materials for construction, which both supports their developing motor skills and gives them the chance to explore different types of materials. They also have the opportunity to use a range of tools, for example in woodwork.

 

In key stages 1 and 2, children have either art or design and technology (DT) each half term. These are both taught in a block of a week, including up to a whole day to create the product they have designed, as well as lessons before and after this day so that children can prepare for and evaluate their work.

 

Overview

The table below offers a very broad overview of what children study in DT each term.

Year GroupAutumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
NChildren explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make. They develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them. Children also join different materials and explore different textures and create closed shapes with continuous lines, beginning to use these shapes to represent objects.
RChildren are provided with a range of materials (for example Lego, waffle bricks and Interstar) to construct with and are encouraged to think about and discuss what they are creating.  Problems encountered during the process are discussed and solved through sharing of ideas. Children are asked to reflect on how they achieved their aims.  Children are provided with a range of tools over the EYFS learning process, and taught to use them with care and precision, for example in woodwork.   
1

Structures: Freestanding Structures

Mechanisms: Wheels and Axles

Mechanisms: Slides and Levers

2

Food: preparing fruit and vegetables

Mechanisms: Slides and Levers

Textiles: Templates and Joining Techniques

3

Mechanisms: Levers and Linkages

Food: Healthy and Varied Diet

Textiles: 2D shapes to a 3D product

4

Structures: Shell Structure

Food: Healthy and Varied Diet

Electrical Design: Electrical Systems

5

Mechanisms: Pulleys and Gears

Structures: Frame Structures

Food: Celebrating Seasonality

6

Textiles: Combining Different Fabric Shapes

Food: Celebrating Culture

Digital Design: Digital Media

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