Design Technology

Statement of Intent

At Heddington, Design and Technology is a hands-on subject which promotes pupils’ creativity and problem solving. Children will draw on a range of other subjects, such as Science, Computing and Art, to acquire a deep understanding of key principles and a broad range of practical skills. Pupils will develop their Design and Technology skills by designing, making and evaluating a range of products, devices, items and meals, increasing in complexity as they progress through the school. To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, we split Design and Technology into six strands: Food Technology, Mechanical Systems, Structures, Textiles, Digital Technology and Electrical Systems. (The latter two are taught only in Key Stage 2, where children will have the necessary understanding in Computing and Science to access the units.) Children are given the opportunity to delve deep into each of these strands by taking ownership of a project in each of them during their time in each class.

What do we want Children to Gain from Design and Technology?

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.
  • Be prepared to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

How we Assess Impact

All children have access to a Design and Technology Knowledge and Skills Tracker. As with other foundation subjects, children use this tracker to identify the areas in which they are developing. Teachers and the subject coordinator will use the trackers to identify areas which may require further teaching or greater exposure. 

The criteria against which children will assess themselves are split into four categories: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge. This ensures that children are developing their knowledge, understanding and skills in each stage of the design process.

The Design and Technology coordinator has termly release time to talk to pupils, review their projects and observe lessons.

The subject co-ordinator for Design Technology is Mr Jones