An introduction from our Design Technology Lead - Miss Pugsley (Alatise Class)
At Longlands, our intent is that Design Technology will prepare children for an ever changing world and provide a context for real life learning. Our teaching aims to motivate children to exercise their creativity through designing and making, and recognise that these skills will enable them to make positive changes to their own and others’ lives in the future.
During the children’s time at Longlands, the teaching of DT will encourage them to become creative problem-solvers. Teaching should follow the plan, produce and evaluate cycle, as each stage is an integral part of the design process. A hands-on approach to their learning will enable children to develop into autonomous and adaptive learners, recognising why making improvements is necessary to progress. We intend for these transferrable skills to be applied and explored in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art. Additionally, many of the skills covered within Design Technology dovetail with those we explore within Skills Builder. Our aim is to ensure that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children meaning to learning and capturing their interests through a theme. Children will also be given the chance to focus upon topics sensitive to their own interests or needs, and respond by developing ideas and eventually making products.
We intend for DT at Longlands to provide pupils with opportunities to be inspired by chefs, designers, architects and engineers. Pupils will engage in discussions surrounding designing and creating that will help them to understand that a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products have a real life purpose and impact on the world around them. Where possible, pupils can select from a wide-range of tools, materials, construction equipment and ingredients. Through the study of DT, children will combine practical skills with the understanding of aesthetic and functional problems as well as social and environmental issues. As we live in a technological and innovative age, this will allow them to reflect upon the uses and impact of design and technology, both past and present.
During DT lessons, children will develop the ability to ask perceptive questions, think analytically and consider multiple resolutions for a problem based on their current and prior learning. As a result of this, they will be able to make insightful observations about current products and critically evaluate against design criteria. Pupils will be able to confidently communicate about key events, individuals and products that have helped shape design and technology globally.