Design technology (DT) should provide children with a real-life context for learning. At West Wycombe we want children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles and food products with a real-life purpose.
All teaching of DT at West Wycombe follows the design, make and evaluate cycle. At each stage the children will be expected to demonstrate technical knowledge. The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children should be given a range of tools to use. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against our own design criteria (attached). Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight. There should be evidence in each of these stages in the DT books, which should also develop to show clear progression across the key stages.
DT is taught every other term, alternating with Art, each week for one hour. The current scheme we are following is KAPOW.
Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology. As designers’ children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.