Design and Technology – Intent Statement.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. At Wren Park pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable young people. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation’s future.
There are three key elements to Design and Technology:
Designing and making a product
For a particular consumer
For a particular purpose
At its best, D and T involves thinking about what products are used for and the needs of those who use them. A good D and T activity has enough depth and breadth to enable pupils to use practical skills and provide them with the knowledge to make products that move/light up/are structurally sound and don’t collapse/are safe and healthy.
At Wren Park, children are taught to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world as well as learning and developing their cooking and baking skills, nutritional knowledge and how to apply this to their everyday lives. All children are taught to build on prior knowledge and apply this repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. They learn to evaluate and make improvements as they go along. Finally, the children will then critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
At the centre of our curriculum design, we aim to foster a love of design technology, encourage children’s creativity and enhance the children’s critical thinking, observations and resilience. We want to equip our children with understanding of safe practices, knowledge of the whole design process and to develop a love for STEM subjects. Where possible, D and T lessons link to topics from across the curriculum and is highly valued as part of our broad and balanced curriculum, where all children have the opportunity to shine.