Design and Technology

Our design and technology lead Mrs E Rogers.
 
The aims for Design and Technology taken from the National Curriculum
At Russell Lower School, through Design and Technology, we want to ensure that all pupils:
  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • 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
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and begin to learn about cooking.
Intent

At Russell Lower School we want our children to be passionate about Design and Technology and to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Our curriculum promotes curiosity, love and thirst for learning as well as preparing our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We strive to ensure that our carefully structured and progressive Design and Technology curriculum is in line with the National Curriculum and offers all pupils opportunities to:

  • develop creative, practical and technical knowledge in order to take part in everyday activities
  • build on experiences and previous learning so that the pupils can apply them when making their excellent products
  • evaluate, judge and explore their end products along with the work of others
  • learn about and understand the essentials of nutrition and cooking

Within Design and Technology we create meaningful cross curricular links in order to strengthen pupil’s understanding and knowledge such as when Year 4 use simple circuits and switches to create an electrical system in their memory box theme linked to their science unit of work on electricity. Another example of this has been our use of the Sports Premium where each class was provided with the tools and plug plants in order to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables outside their own classrooms. The children took turns looking after their class plants and monitoring their growth. This activity supported their learning about nutrition and understanding of where food comes from.

We also aim to enrich pupil’s memorable experiences in Design and Technology such as when the children in Year 1 had an opportunity to showcase their work, clay models, to their grown-ups and other children in school during a Year 1 sharing assembly. Linked to their English key text of ‘Supertato’ the children completed the planning, making and evaluating stages of their clay model.  

We also recognize the importance of using Design and Technology as a means of further developing our whole school curriculum and community links though events such as Ampthill Gala, which we take part in every year. All of the children (often support by their adults through an open morning) take part in activities, discussing themes and preparation of props which are later displayed in the Gala.

Long term plans
Milestone example
Further milestone documents for all year groups are available, on request, to demonstrate our skill progression.