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Design Technology

Vision

At New Haw, our curriculum teaches children the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday construction tasks confidently.  Using their imagination, they will learn the skills and knowledge required to design and make authentic products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  Learning about food, nutrition and cookery in each year group will empower pupils to make positive food choices that underpin a healthy lifestyle.

From starting with an initial idea, through to planning, making and the iterative cycle of evaluation and refinement, children will become proficient in all stages of technological development.  

Pupils will be encouraged to take risks, leading them to become innovative young people.  They will have opportunities to collaborate with others and share their thinking and, through the evaluation of design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact.  They will learn to take a resourceful approach, showing awareness of local, national and global environmental and social issues, where relevant.  

Our children are growing up in an increasingly complex and technical world and the Design and Technology curriculum will prepare them with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand it, and the passion to be a part of it.

Curriculum design

Curriculum Map

Unit Overview

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 3

 

Healthy smoothies

Hand puppets

Slingshot cars

Year 4

Healthy snacks

Bunting

Building a weather station

Year 5

Building bridges

Bread

Design a ‘dream house’ on CAD

Year 6

 Steady hand game

Cooking a healthy meal

Designing with Microbit

Rationale

At New Haw, children study units in the design and technology curriculum in the key topic areas of textiles, mechanical systems, structures and/or electrical circuits.  They learn to control and monitor products through computer programming.  In addition, children complete one food and nutrition unit each year.

Because pupils meet these key topic areas more than once during key stage 2, knowledge is revisited and built upon as the level of technical complexity increases (see progression document).  They learn an increasingly technical repertoire of subject-linked vocabulary.  Key skills are consolidated and extended.  In each year group, cross-curricular connections are regularly made with other subjects, such as science, geography, mathematics, PSHE and computing, deepening learning further.

Each unit is organised around a similar structure: