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Enfield Learning Trust
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Design and Technology

Intent:

  •  We encourage the children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. 
  • We aim to make links to designs and designers throughout history, providing opportunities for children to critically reflect upon and evaluate others designs and the overall effectiveness of the product before evaluating their own.
  • As pupils progress, we support them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of design and technology. We encourage children to express individuality in their work and to keep their own personalised sketchbooks where they can explore ideas, be inventive and take risks.
  • As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
  • Inline with our curriculum driver, developing aspirations and possibilities for all, we want children to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be architects, graphic designers, chefs or carpenters. Our curriculum drivers of oracy, emotional intelligence and aspirations shape every aspect of design and technology, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole. 

Implementation: 

  • The children have the opportunity to develop their skills in mechanisms, structures, textiles, mechanical systems, electrical systems and cooking and nutrition. These are usually linked to our Learning Quest topics to give purpose and context to the knowledge, concepts and skills taught. This enables pupils to make meaningful connections with mathematics, science, computing and art as appropriate. 
  • Lessons are sequenced to ensure pupils build and apply a broad range of technical knowledge, understanding and skills in order to make functional prototypes and products with an end user in mind.
  • Pupils generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, exploded diagrams and prototypes. The iterative process of designing and making enables pupils to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products as well the ideas of others. 
  • Within food technology, children draw upon scientific knowledge of a healthy diet and hygiene when preparing food. They are expected to use these fundamental skills when using foods grown in the Edible Playground amongst other ingredients. 
  • Workshops and trips are encouraged throughout units to strengthen and deepen children’s understanding. These visits not only enhance their learning experiences but also their cultural awareness.
  • We use displays and D&T exhibitions to celebrate achievement and support teaching and learning.

Impact: 

By the end of their primary education our children will:

  • Develop creativity, risk taking and innovation to become enterprising and capable citizens.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users that solve real and relevant problems.
  • Use and understand a range of technical vocabulary associated with this subject.
  • Select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
  • The ability to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas.
  • Develop the skills needed to prepare and cook healthy food understanding the principles of nutrition.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.