At Grestone Academy, we value Design & Technology as an important part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Design & Technology is taught through a variety of creative and practical activities, involving textiles*, mechanisms*, food* and computing*. Our pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding, skills and vocabulary needed to engage in the ongoing iterative process of designing and making. These core skills** are built upon year on year, as our children learn to develop and apply them in a range of different contexts.
We engage our children through activities that involve investigating and evaluating existing products, where our pupils are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts), focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills and then designing and making in which the children design and make ‘something’ for ‘someone’ for ‘some purpose’.
We ensure that the teaching of Design & Technology at Grestone Academy supports the social development of our children, developing their independence, respect for their peers, persevering through problem-solving and working together. Design and technology helps all our children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.
*Hyperlinks to photos of projects in these areas?? Year groups and project brief?
** HYPERLINK to definition of core skills & iterative process:
Research – Research, investigate and evaluate existing products/technology
Make – practice specific skills needed to design and make own product. Make prototypes of designs. and evaluate the effectiveness, problem solving and making changes where necessary.
Design – design products based on what they have learned from investigating existing products and technology, applying skills learnt so far.
Evaluate – evaluate existing products and technology, evaluate the effectiveness of own designs, problem solve and make changes based on own evaluations.
Use a range of materials and tools safely, for specific purposes. Develop skill in using tools and techniques over time.