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Design & Technology

DT in Action

Intent

Characteristics of a Designer

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

 

Aspirations For The Future!

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

 

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Designer:

 

Sound engineer

Theme park designer

Videogames studies researcher 

Lego designer

Den builder

Jewellery designer

 

For more careers, please visit First Careers.

 

Implementation

 

Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning concepts:

  • Master practical skills 
  • Design, make, evaluate and improve 
  • Take inspiration from design throughout history 
     

These key concepts underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language. 

 

The vertical accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years 1 to 6 is mapped as follows in the booklet below:

Design & Technology Milestones

Impact

Assessment

Through the explicit teaching of Design and Technology skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Pupils are assessed using pre and post learning questions, devised by teachers and interwoven throughout the unit of learning.

 

Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.   

 

Curriculum Progression- Design and Technology

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