Design and Technology (DT)
At Hillcross Primary School we believe that a high-quality Design and Technology curriculum is important because it encourages pupils to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. Children develop technical understanding and making skills, learn about design methods and investigate their environment and the materials around them.
The National Curriculum for DT states:
"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."
At Hillcross, we believe DT has a significant and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of our school and will act upon the National Curriculum guidelines in accordance with our own values, to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills and knowledge of the subject to learn how it contributes to the wealth of our nation.
Our curriculum promotes the three main DT skills: Design, Make, Evaluate, allowing children to progressively develop these skills within each phase and as they move up through the school.
Our Design Technology Curriculum
In Nursery and Reception planning is implemented using ‘Development Matters’ from the Early Years Foundation Stage Document. This relates to ‘Understanding of the World.’
In Years One to Six, we use the National Curriculum as the basis of our curriculum planning and deliver Design Technology lessons within the context of a topic. This enables children to make cross-curricular links with their learning. It also provides meaningful opportunities for children to apply basic skills, such as writing and maths, to their Design Technology learning.
Throughout our DT curriculum, we aim that children:
- enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society;
- develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things;
- enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
- encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
- explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it;
- foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things.
What do children at Hillcross say about DT?
How can I find out more about the Design Technology my child is going to learn?
Please visit your child's year group page to look at the Topic Overview Charts. These documents show you what your child will be learning each half term and how the different subjects link together. Additionally, please look at our curriculum intent to see the exciting progression of skills your child will be learning during their time at Hillcross.