Learning Design and Technology at school helps to prepare young people for living and working in a technological world.
It does this by teaching the technical understanding, design methods and making skills needed to produce practical solutions to real problems.
The work of young people in design and technology enables them to:
- relate their personal experiences to the world of commerce and industry
- understand how design and technology affects our lives
- contribute to the use and development of technology in our society through informed participation
Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 years)
Teachers will build on the children’s early experiences of playing with toys, building sandcastles etc by showing them how to go further through the use of appropriate tools and working with materials more precisely.
These materials will include clay, paper, card and wood. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to successfully design and make in a range of relevant contexts eg local communities, home, school, play-grounds and wider communities. They will use a variety of kits to learn manipulative and constructional skills and develop three-dimensional understanding. Teachers will encourage children to think about their ideas carefully. They will be taught to design purposeful, functional products for themselves and others to use.
Children will also be taught to evaluate by talking about the quality of their own work and the work of others.
Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 years)
Progression into KS2 means that experiences gained so far are extended and deepened. Pupils will be taught to measure when appropriate, use simple tools more accurately and develop their technical understanding of mechanisms and electrical circuits.
Learning is set within a context of a design task or a problem that requires a solution. Children are encouraged to become more deliberate in their thinking and to record their ideas by drawing and writing. Their knowledge of design is increased by examining existing products to understand how things work and to develop the ability to make valid judgements. Pupils will research and develop design criteria and communicate their ideas through discussion.