D&T in primary schools develops young children's skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control, and various materials, including food. D&T encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues. DATA (The Design & Technology Association) www.data.org.uk
At Mount Stewart, we encourage our pupils to creatively design, engineer and make products that solve real-life and relevant problems
Design and Technology is about providing children with the opportunity to use creativity and imagination to design and make products considering their own and others' needs.
At Mount Stewart, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
We help our children at Mount Stewart develop:
We want children to challenge themselves with innovative and bold design, applying an iterative, problem-solving approach alongside critical thinking to show a deeper understanding of the design process.
The development of Design and Technology proficiency at Mount Stewart is achieved through opportunities and experiences across a broad curriculum using the National Curriculum for Design and Technology skills, attached below.
Each year group takes part in one Design and Technology topic per term, and one of these topics is food-related. Food technology and cooking skills are also taught at other points throughout the year. This may be linked with other subjects or also have a Design focus. Cooking is enhanced further through additional enrichment weeks.
These essential disciplinary skills are taught through exciting and engaging design projects. We have worked closely with STEM Ambassadors, who have helped us plan units that explore and use a variety of mediums and materials such as textiles, construction, sheet materials, mechanisms, computer-aided design (CAD), cooking and nutrition.
Making mistakes is a massive part of Design and Technology and integral to learning. Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.
Assessment for learning is embedded deeply across the school and can be seen in all year groups and all lessons, meeting the needs of all children, assessing what they learnt more and remembering more as they move through the design process. Pupils regularly share their design decisions through teacher-led and peer-based discussions. Children can demonstrate their understanding and develop their technical design skills demonstrating various points in the design cycle in working sketch/design books, reworking ideas and evaluating prototypes. Evaluations and assessments enable the children to understand and assess their progress. This also provides teachers with vital information that can develop and improve the learning experience for all children at Mount Stewart.