At St. Augustine’s, we want to allow children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. DT should provide children with a real life context for learning, that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become problem solvers who can work creatively on a shared project. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food and woodwork; through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary and resilience. Through the DT curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
Our DT teaching will offer opportunities for children to:-
- Design and create in tasks rooted in real life and relevant contexts to give meaning to the learning.
- Plan through a variety of formats: drawing, templates, talking, mock-ups, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer aided design.
- Research designs based on functional, appealing products with purpose.
- Use a wide range of tools to complete their projects
- Children should use a wide range of materials and components; textiles, construction equipment and ingredients.
- Evaluate existing products.
- Evaluate their own products against design criteria.
- Children should understand how key events and individuals have helped shape design and technology globally – products are in context