Design and Technology

Ms Rachel Pope

Design and Technology Subject Leader

Why do we teach Design and Technology? 

At TIS our Design Technology curriculum inspires creativity and imagination through evaluation of past and present design and technology and through active, experiential learning.  Children will be able to use their own experiences and hands on research into existing designs to talk about what products are, who they are for, the materials they are made from and share their own response to the product.  All children, with appropriate equipment and support, will be able to discuss and plan their product design using their knowledge of materials and their different properties and consider the equipment they will need to use.  Children will confidently use a range of equipment to cut, shape and join materials together.  They will evaluate their product and understand that the design process is cyclical and repeated evaluations and adjustments can be made.   


How do we teach Design and Technology? 

A focus on oracy means children will be confident with talking about each stage in the design process and visual images will support their recognition of the key skills and steps to the process.  This will be achieved through direct teaching of skills and topic-based learning to enable children to build on their knowledge and skills as they progress through the school. To develop a life skill of cooking, we teach children the importance of nutrition and healthy eating and how to use the basic skills and equipment to prepare food. We aim to inspire our children to be the designers and engineers of the future.   


How will your child make progress in Design and Technology during their time at Telford Infant School? 

We have a clear progression map in place which enables the children to build on the Design and Technology skills they have as they move through the year groups. 

In Reception, Design and Technology is not a specific curriculum subject but is embedded in the provision. The children use the indoor and outdoor construction areas and take part in activities such as making bread, making a healthy smoothie and 'Transport Week'. 

In Year 1 and 2, the children are taught progressively more challenging skills through sequences of lessons linked to their half termly topic.  Children are taught about designers and engineers who have impacted our daily lives and then use the research, plan, make and evaluate process to create their own products. 

Purpose of study
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • 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.
Subject content
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.  They should work in a range of relevant contexts (for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment).
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:
  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
Technical knowledge
  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms (for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles), in their products.
Cooking and nutrition
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
Pupils should be taught to:
  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • understand where food comes from.