Design and Technology

Babraham Primary School

 Curriculum Statement – Design and Technology
 

“Design is not just what it looks and feels like.  Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs

Throughout our Design and Technology curriculum at Babraham, we aspire to encourage enquiry, designing, planning, making and evaluating expertise, alongside the development of independence and technical skills. Each term, our Design and Technology unit of work is integrated into the class topic to ensure links for understanding and to optimise enthusiasm. This includes teaching children about the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, aiming to instil a love of cooking and supporting children to develop this life skill.  Through Design and Technology at Babraham, our goal is to prepare pupils for a positive contribution to our future society.

Throughout a Design and Technology unit of work, the children are taught to:

Design

  • Research and design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on a criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking and discussion; drawing, annotated sketches and cross-section diagrams; templates; prototypes and pattern pieces; and where appropriate, ICT.

Make

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately.
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics, functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Evaluate

  • Explore, analyse and evaluate a range of existing products and their own projects.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria, and consider the views of others in improving their work.
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Technical knowledge

  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
  • Explore and use mechanical and electrical systems in their products.
  • Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

Cooking and Nutrition

  • Understand the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet; plan, prepare and cook a variety of dishes; learn a range of cooking techniques, skills and use of equipment; to understand where food is grown and processed.