Design Technology (DT)
Design Technology is a subject that should promote problem solving opportunities for our children. At Wood Fold, throughout both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the children are exposed to Textiles, Mechanisms and Structures and Food units, where the skills being taught in each year group are progressive, building on prior knowledge and skills. At Wood Fold DT projects must include all of the following three elements:
- Designing and making a product,
- for somebody
- and for a particular purpose.
In each year group, the children will be presented with a problem to solve at the start of each unit. This is to encourage the children to see DT as a problem-solving subject where they need to create original ideas using specific knowledge and skills. Our aim is to encourage our children to become innovators and risk-takers.
Children will use technical vocabulary which they will be expected to know and understand as they learn the different skills and techniques throughout their design technology journey in school. Over time, children will become more confident and reflective as they learn to analyse their work in relation to professions in the wider community, identifying the key skills and techniques used.
‘Design is intelligence made visible.’ Alina Wheeler.
‘Design and Technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.’ James Dyson.