Design and Technology at Westwood
The National Curriculum
Purpose of Study
At Westwood Primary School our Design and Technology vision is to creatively design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems.
Design and Technology is about providing opportunity for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs.
Making mistakes is a huge part of Design and Technology and integral to learning.
Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.
As pupils progress, they acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. 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.
Design and Technology provides children with the opportunity to explore ideas in the following three areas:
Throughout these three strands, the process of good design are followed. Designing, creating and evaluation are key to ensuring the final piece of work are of a high quality and meet the needs to fulfil a design brief or solve a problem.
At Westwood Primary School, Design and Technology sits along other subjects as part of our Adventure. Class teachers develop activities which allow the children the chance to develop their skills in the key processes (design, create and evaluate) and apply them to projects that will further enhance their understanding of the broader curriculum. For example, children studying World War II learned about The Blitz and the need for air raid shelters. Exploring the need for them during this period in history, analyzing the mechanics their design and sourcing materials and plans to create their own (mini) working version. Finally then testing their effectiveness and evaluating their final piece of work.