Welcome to the fascinating subject of design and technology.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. At West Rainton pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking will also open a door to one of the greatest expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
Leadership and intent of design and technology at West Rainton
As the leader of design and technology leader, I am committed to supporting all of our pupils, in their developing creative journey, throughout their primary school years. You can read my full pen profile for my role as design and technology lead here:
The aims and objectives of learning design and technology in West Rainton Primary School are:
- To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- To 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
- To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook a range of healthy foods.
Long term planning for this subject is carried out each academic year during 1:1 discussions with individual class teachers, staff development days and (where appropriate) during full governing body meetings. This whole school approach to planning is particularly important during years where there are mixed age classes, to ensure complete coverage of all objectives and to make sure that topics are not duplicated.
Medium term planning for this subject identifies within each unit or work; learning objectives, art and design activities, assessment opportunities, the vocabulary to be taught and used, safety issues, how information and communications technology and resources should be used.
You can see the full subject policy and curriculum mapping for design and technology here:
How design and technology is taught at West Rainton Primary School
Children at West Rainton Primary pupils are taught design and technology for 60 minutes per week – this is alternated, on a half termly basis, with the teaching of art and design. In addition to being taught as a discrete subject, design and technology is also taught as a cross curricular subject, wherever appropriate across all key stages. All pupils have their own sketchbook in which to plan and develop their design and technology activities, before completing their final piece of work.
As part of our provision on offer, pupils with special educational needs are planned for very carefully in school. This is an important part of the DT curriculum, as we strive to ensure that all of our pupils fully understand what they are being taught. This may involve greater explanations about what they learn, and simplified tasks to ensure that pupils with SEND gain as much as they can from the learning on offer. In fact, quite often our pupils with more diverse needs enjoy the freedom and ownership of the more creative subjects. Our provision across the curriculum was highlighted when we were awarded the inclusive ‘Centre of Excellence’ award in late 2020. It is crucial for us that our pupils with SEND make progress, and move on from where they are in their learning journey. This provision may look very different to our other pupils, through differentiation and modification of the curriculum. Our decisions are made in consultation with the SENDCo, Mrs Firth, who advises and supports members of staff with their provision.
The impact of design and technology at West Rainton
Our broad and balanced design and technology curriculum offers opportunities to support the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons. Our groupings allow pupils to work together, giving them the chance to discuss their ideas and feelings about their own work and the work of others.
Through their collaborative and co-operative work across a range of activities and experiences in design and technology, our pupils develop respect for the abilities of other children and a better understanding of themselves. In addition, pupils develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and for that of others. Our ultimate goal, in the teaching of design and technology, is to nurture pupils resilience and to adopt a can-do attitude when planning, creating and adapting their work.
Possible careers involving this subject are:
Construction and Building Services