Intent of the DT curriculum at Lakeside
Design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Our intent for design and technology is to ensure all children are given opportunities to;
- develop their creativity, imagination and critical thinking skills.
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
- draw on learning in other subjects such as maths, science, computing and art to build a broad subject knowledge for DT.
- learn how to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
Implementation of the DT curriculum at Lakeside
DT in years 1-6
At Lakeside, children are exposed to all areas of the design process: investigation of previous designs, designing, making and evaluating. All children will have a purpose, user and design criteria in mind and will evaluate their product based on these at the end. Collaboration is encouraged within all stages and year groups. The children will take part in 3 D.T projects over each phase Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. These link to the topics that they are studying. There will not be D.T learning in every topic but full coverage of the D.T National Curriculum is achieved over the course of the year and the children's journey through school. To view the school progression map please click here.
DT in the Early Years
DT skills began within the continuous provision in EYFS making structures and being creative with a range of resources. You can find out how DT progresses through the Expressive Arts and Design part of the curriculum here.
Examples of DT learning at Lakeside
In KS1 the children made Christmas cards which included the use of a lever or a slider. The children experimented with different levers and sliders first and decided which they wanted to use within their design. Then they designed their Christmas card thinking carefully about how they wanted it to look and where the lever or slider would be positioned. Within the next lesson the chidlren then made the card.
Year 3 and 4 explored and made packaging using nets of cubes, cuboids and some more complex 3d shapes. They made some fantasic packaging and did some amazing lead-up work and after evaluations.
Year 3 and 4 made pizzas as part of their Scrumdiddlyumptious topic. They used a variety of techniques such as grating, cutting, weighing and measuing. They then tasted their pizzas to evaluated them and make changes before creating their final pizzas.
As part of their Stargazers topic the children in year 5 created sewing templates from a combination of pattern pieces. They explored fastening techniques such as zip, velcro, toggles, toes, clasps or press studs and used stitches to decorate such as stem, satin, chain and lazy daisy stich.
During forest school sessions, the children created many diffrerent creations linked to their Topic such as Cinerella's carridge, swings, musical instruments and many more. They even use their own bodies to create a flower, they use natural materials and sometimes use clay.