Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subjects, requiring determination, inspiration and creativity. Design and Technology encourages children to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team. 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. At Holy Spirit Catholic Academy, we follow the Design and Technology Association’s planning guidance and curriculum. The children are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products with a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. The children are also encouraged to reflect upon and evaluate past and present Design and Technology, its’ uses and overall effectiveness.
When designing and making at Holy Spirit, the children are taught to:
- Use research and develop design criteria to make products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
- Generate, develop and communicate their ideas effectively through discussion, diagrams, prototypes and computer-aided design.
- Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing) accurately.
- Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients.
- Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
- Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
- To understand how key events and individuals in Design and Technology have helped shape the world
RE within Design and Technology
Design Technology encourages our children to become channels of divine inspiration through innovative creativity and high-level resourcefulness.
“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”
Please follow the link below for further guidance on our Design and Technology Association Curriculum: