Design & Technology

At Girnhill Design & Technology is taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum by setting high ambitions and expectations for all pupils ensuring strong cross curricular links are made. Through subject specific teaching children will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

Here at Girnhill we understand that Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which is why we aim to provide a Design and Technology curriculum which follows the national curriculum and is enhanced through children’s classroom experience. With main goals including:

  • All children being able to enjoy and participate in individual and collaborative learning
  • The continued promotion of a Design and Technology curriculum which provides engagement, challenge and support for all children
  • An environment that enables learning experiences which promote independence, co-operation and consideration of others’ needs, wants and values
  • To have a developing awareness, appreciation and understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspect of learning in relation to Design and Technology
  • To enhance learning opportunities through appropriate use of ICT
  • To promote opportunities for children to further develop skills through an extended curriculum

Children will be encouraged to research, interpret and present themselves as a designer/technician whilst building and applying a high level of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality purposeful and functional products for a wide range of users. Children will learn to explore, take risks, evaluate and test their ideas and products as well as the work of others whilst being encouraged to talk like a designer/technician and use subject specific vocabulary with accuracy.

Children are taught a range of Design and Technology techniques under the principles of skills (cutting, shaping, joining and finishing) in explicit taught sessions. A series of lessons will follow a specific teaching sequence that allows children to focus on a specific Designer and skill, considering the subject specific vocabulary, practising the taught skill, applying the taught skill and evaluating learning using the subject specific vocabulary.

  • Children will have the opportunity to experiment with ways of changing media
  • They will learn how to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function
  • Children will be encouraged to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and others
  • Children will be supported to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, and mock- ups and where appropriate to include technology
  • Children are enabled to develop their subject specific vocabulary (generic and content based) through explicit teaching of vocabulary and definitions.
  • Children then develop their understanding of key concepts and vocabulary further through exposure to a range of fiction and non-fiction subject specific texts

Our Design and Technology progression grid outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary that pupils are expected to learn during their time in school. We approach all of our learning using Rosenshine’s principles to support our pupils to know more and remember more of their curriculum and ensure that learning is secure before they move on to new information or skills.