Design & Technology at Garfield

“Design and Technology in primary schools develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children’s creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.” – Design and Technology Association

In our Design and Technology teaching we will be using the lesson resources provided by our online provider, Kapow!

Five key strands run through the scheme of work. These are:

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    Technical Knowledge

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    Cooking and Nutrition

This scheme of work will support the pupils in understanding the importance of a design criteria to help them plan and how to develop their ideas through sketching and making templates to try out designs. To do this they will be taught to use a variety of tools and equipment safely with a wide variety of materials, understanding which tools and materials are best for the design criteria. Once they have created a mock-up, or first try, they will evaluate this against the design criteria and decide what works well and what needs to be improved. Then it’s back to the drawing board to create then test out a new, improved design.

The pupils will work across the key areas of:

This will cover the practical function of materials as well as how they look. Children will understand that strength ands stability are needed to create a structure and learn how to reinforce materials to produce the desired effect.

The children will use levers, pivots and linkages to create moving parts that perform a task.

This will include where food comes from, how to maintain a balanced diet and cooking skills. The children will also learn about hygiene and safety in the kitchen.

This area covers sewing, joining skills and suitable fastenings as well as the best choice of fabrics for a number of purposes.

This children will extend their knowledge of electrical systems by creating a variety of electrical products.

In this area, the children will use programming skills to develop designs using 2D and 3D computer aided design software.