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Design Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that encourages children 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.

National Curriculum

At Knop Law Primary we use “The Projects on a Page, A National Scheme of Work for Design and Technology at Key Stages 1 and 2” developed by the Design and Technology Association. The scheme has 21 carefully sequenced projects that we have assigned to different year groups. The projects are stand alone or cross curricular as appropriate.

The scheme is based upon six essentials of good practice in DT which meet National Curriculum requirements and are embedded into each project which are:

  • User – children should have a clear idea of who they are designing and making products for, considering their needs, wants, interests or preferences. The user could be themselves, an imaginary character, another person, client, consumer or a specific target audience. Purpose – children should know what the products they design and make are for. Each product should perform a clearly defined task that can be evaluated in use.
  • Functionality – children should design and make products that function in some way to be successful. Products often combine aesthetic qualities with functional characteristics. In D&T, it is insufficient for children to design and make products which are purely aesthetic.
  • Design Decisions – when designing and making, children need opportunities to make informed decisions such as selecting materials, components and techniques and deciding what form the products will take, how they will work, what task they will perform and who they are for.
  • Innovation – when designing and making, children need some scope to be original with their thinking. Projects that encourage innovation lead to a range of design ideas and products being developed, characterised by engaging, open-ended starting points for children's learning.
  • Authenticity – children should design and make products that are believable, real and meaningful to themselves i.e. not replicas or reproductions or models which do not provide opportunities for children to make design decisions with clear users and purposes in mind.

 


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