Design Technology is a subject that celebrates practical learning and offers opportunities for children to mathematically and scientifically reason; building a strong foundation of vital problem-solving skills with strong links to STEM subjects, Computing and Art. DT is an exciting and stimulating subject which harnesses the imagination, drawing on children’s creative flair. Our pupils are tasked with researching, designing, creating and evaluating products with the aim to solve real life problems, relevant to their own lives, within a variety of contexts. DT inspires pupils to be confident in their own ideas, take calculated risks, be resourceful, enterprising, innovative and reflective. Our curriculum is unique to Crumpsall Lane, designed by the DT lead with our children in mind, and tailored specifically to our school’s needs. Each project has links across the curriculum to ensure the theme is relevant to the children and further deepens their insight into subjects across the board. Every task has been formulated with a clear function to ensure products are fit for use in real life scenarios and each has a true reason behind the project, driving the process, created with a client/specification in mind to ensure learning is purposeful.
Subject Aims: -To research existing products, considering the way in which they meet the specification and how their own product will fit into this market -To gather a bank of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design a high-quality working prototype fit for purpose to meet the requirements of a specific client/audience -To construct their design utilising the most appropriate materials and deploying the most suitable and effective tools - Critique, evaluate and test their own ideas and products and the work of others in order to alter and further improve their work as a result -Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world -Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and a healthy, balanced diet, use mechanisms within mechanical systems, build structures, join textiles and work effectively with a wide range of varied materials