By learning about design in the everyday world we want our pupils to recognise that design is all around us is that it can come in many different forms and is created by all sorts of people. The world is full of products, multi- media and architectural design and we want our children to see there is no limit to their participation in shaping it.
DT lessons at Langney Primary enable children’s hidden talents to be unearthed and shared with their peers through a varied programme of study. This varied programme of study provides experience of working with different materials and developing different skills such as cooking, sewing etc. These activities, provided within the DT programme of study prepare pupils for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Such experiences may contribute to influencing their career choices as they gain experience in engineering, cooking, construction and textile design.
The school’s context
As a school with a wide spectrum of needs we are aware that we have to provide learning experiences to meet the differing requirements of our pupils. D.T. is a subject that frees a child from the challenges of the ‘academic’ and opens up to them a world of creative possibilities.
D.T. offers the chance for pupils to experience decision making, risk taking and the freedom and independence to create their own product. In addition to exposing children to cultural experiences through designing and making food from different cultures. D.T also provides an accessible learning experience for all children, including disadvantaged children as they are able to communicate through hands on experience. Health and wellbeing is extremely important at Langney Primary and this is embedded within the teaching of DT. As children begin to make their own decisions and take risks they develop a sense of self awareness which helps to raise their self esteem.
Each year group have 3 areas of DT to cover across the school year.
All year groups have a cooking unit where they research, design and create their own dish (this in addition to the weekly cooking sessions delivered by Mrs Harman.
The other DT areas are as follows for each year group (as per Langney EOY expectations).
Structures: Freestanding structures
Mechanisms: Sliders and levers
Mechanisms: wheels and axles
Textiles: templates and joining techniques
Textiles: 2D shape to 3D product
Structures: shell structures
Electrical circuits: Simple circuit and switches
Mechanical systems: levers and linkages
Electrical systems: more complex switches and circuits
Structures: frame structures
Mechanical systems: pulleys and gears
Textiles: combining different fabric shapes
All year groups move through the process of evaluating products that already exist (market research), designing a product, making a product and evaluating a product. Throughout these lessons, children should be taught technical language linked to their product design.
How is this subject assessed?
DT is formatively assessed by teachers against the Langney end of year expectations on OTrack during the session using live feedback.