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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. 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.”

 

In our school, in Years One and Two, we teach Design and Technology within our creative topics. These topics are on a two year cycle and each term is made up of mini themes, which allow the children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across several curriculum areas. Once a term the whole school takes part in a creative week, during which children create a range of craft activities, and then their creations are displayed in the hall for parents to view.

 

The specific Design and technology learning objectives are to:

Design

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

Make

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Evaluate

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles] in their products

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year One

 

Cycle 1

Autumn Term

Food & Farming

Spring Term

Houses and Homes

Summer Term

Change and Growth

Make corn dollies using art straws.

 

Prepare a range of fruits by using a range of tools and skills ie peeling, slicing etc.

 

Design and make a fruit salad or fruit drink.

 

Make a calendar using a repeating pattern of printed painted fruits.

 

Observational drawings of fruit.

 

Create firework pictures using a range of media.

 

Creative week

Making Christmas crafts.

Design, make and decorate a home.

 

Design, make out of clay and decorate a Ndebele house.

 

Make a drawbridge.

 

Make and decorate an Easter basket.

 

Design and create a collage picture of plants.

 

Design, create and evaluate a mini beast sliding/moving puppet on a garden background.

 

Design, draw and evaluate a paper outfit for a cut out figure.

 

Design, create and evaluate a hat.

Cycle 2

Autumn Term

Colour and Light

Spring Term

Books

Summer Term

People and Places

Read The Patchwork Quilt, design and create a paper patchwork, adapt design, and create a fabric patchwork quilt.

Creative week

Making Christmas crafts

Design and create a Chinese kite.

 

Make and decorate an Easter basket.

 

Design and create a hat.

 

Creative week – based on traditional Amazon art and food.

 

 

 

 

Year Two

Autumn Term

Food and Farming

Spring Term

Houses and Homes

Summer Term

Change and Growth

Make a fruit kebab.

Make a weaving basket.

Make and decorate a diva lamp.

 

Creative week

Making Christmas decorations

 

Design and make a model of a room in a shoe box.

 

Design a ‘new home’ in small groups and present their ideas to the rest of the class.

 

Design, draw, make, decorate and evaluate a gingerbread house.

 

Design a habitat for a mini beast found around the school environment.

 

Make and decorate an Easter basket.

Make their own caterpillar, using egg cartons.

Design and make a butterfly using garden wire/ tissue and an old sock stuffed with newspaper.

 

Create their own spider and design and make a web for the spider to sit on.

Cycle 2

Autumn Term

Colour and Light

Spring Term

Books

Summer Term

People and Places

Make an Elmer, elephant out of milk cartons.

Design, create and evaluate their own Joseph’s Coat.

Make a dream catcher.

Create a model of a volcano using play dough.

Make a lava lamp in a plastic bottle.

Make and decorate a diva lamp.

Design and make a junk model dinosaur.

 

Create a caterpillar using egg cartons

 

Design and make a gingerbread house.

 

Make and decorate an Easter basket.

Design and make a ladybird.

 

Design and create a bug hotel.

 

Make models of spiders and design and a make a class web to stick them to.

 

 

 

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