Provide our pupils with hands-on, creative experiences to support the development of a practical identity and a capability for innovation. The subject provides opportunity for collaboration, team working and communication – skills that are essential for future employment.
D&T gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. It is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
D&T provides pupils with opportunities to learn to deal with ambiguity; undertaking tasks without all the information necessary to complete them from the outset. Learning to cope with ambiguity is an important characteristic of a well-educated person. It will help to empower pupils and develop their self-confidence holistically.
Develop a love of D&T and its ability to express creativity through the delivery of high quality teaching and learning.
Develop pupils abilities to design, make and evaluate products.
Provide hands-on practical opportunities for pupils to explore working with a range of materials and tools.
Develop opportunities for pupils to gain a deeper understanding of cooking, nutrition and safety precautions.
Further enhance social and emotional well being in all children.
Provide opportunities for all children to experience team work, collaboration and communication skills.
Provide pupils with opportunities to combine their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding they learn to create quality products.
Achieve and exceed the expectations within the National Curriculum.
Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Design Technology Curriculum at Sandy Hill Academy.
In Nursery, Design Technology is part of the area of learning Expressive Arts and Design within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Design Technology resources and activities are available for all children to access during their play and 'Together Time' activities. Nursery pupils have enjoyed creating their own designs and models using a variety of resources such as Lego, play-dough, and textiles materials.
The children in Nursery have recently enjoyed their first DT Day! During their DT Day the children made their very own 'Chocolate Mud Monsters'. We learnt and discussed all about the different ingredients and cooking equipment we needed to create our 'Chocolate Mud Monsters'.
"We used dairy free chocolate." Nursery child, aged 4.
"I used the spoon to stir it together." Nursery child, aged 3.
In Reception, Design and Technology falls within the 'Expressive Arts and Design' area of learning. Children are taught different artistic methods and techniques and are provided with open ended resources for them to practice and experiment with during their free time. Children will be exposed to artists and their work and will use their work as a stimulus for their own masterpieces.
"I made a crispy cake and it is like the design" Reception pupil, age 5.
In Year 1 we have created our own piece of textile design, a poppy filled vase. We learned about local textile designer Zoe Wright. To create our poppy filled vase, we went through the designing process before making our product and afterwards we evaluated our completed work.
"I found the making fun and I liked choosing all the different fabrics to make my poppies from." Year 1 pupil, age 6.
"We got to choose from the different decorations like pom poms, buttons, sequins, paper and felt to do the black bit of the poppy. I made all of mine different to make them extra interesting!" Year 1 pupil, age 6.
In Year 4, we enjoyed our two DT days. We have produced some fantastic work. In textiles we learnt about Zandra Rhodes and created a design on a piece of fabric with a stamp we made and used a simple running stitch to sew it together. On the second day, we linked in our topic and made roman catapults! This inspired two children to state they would like to be a carpenter.
Year 5 have enjoyed developing their understanding of how to combine different materials using different stitches. We have made 3D felt Christmas decorations and also Christmas cards which include a moving mechanism.
"I have really enjoyed making my Christmas decoration and developing my stitching skills." Year 5 pupil, aged 10.
Year 6 have been delving into the world of 'Make, Do and Mend' from World War 2. They have created a number of 3D products,, using various stitching techniques, tacking and applying a seam allowance for a neat finish.
'I have enjoyed using a blanket stitch because it is stronger than a running stitch. We helped each other when we were stuck.' Year 6 pupil.
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