DT at Kents Hill Junior School
Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. We encourage pupils to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology and its impacts.
Our aims are:
- To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
- To enable children to talk about how things work and to draw, model and write about their ideas;
- To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
- To encourage children to use the correct vocabulary and terminology when designing, making and evaluating their products;
- To explore attitudes towards the ‘made’ world and how we live and work within it;
- To develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, as well as their contribution to our society;
- To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
We aim to provide the opportunity for all children to design, make and evaluate various products throughout the year, each covering various key skills allowing for progression. By the end of Year 6, pupils should be able to choose the most suitable method of design for a specific product, create their own success criteria and use this to evaluate their products. This will be taught through the Challenge Curriculum topics. The projects include:
- Year 3 - Ancient Greek Sandals (During this topic, pupils learn to cut and join materials and apply understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and re-inforce technical knowledge)
- Year 4 - A stoneage roundhouse (Pupils learn to understand how to select and use a ride range of tools to strengthen, stiffen and re-inforce)
- Year 4 - Rockets - Pupils learn how key events and individuals in DT have helped shape the world.
- Year 5 Lightbox - Pupils learn how to incorporate electrical circuits into their designs
- Year 5 - Roman Catapult - Pupils learn how to use mechanical systems (levers) in their products
- Year 6 - Viking Toy - Pupils learn how to select and use a range of tools and equipment and use mechanical systems (cams) in their products
The nutrition aspect of DT is mostly taught through our Healthy Living Short Course. This includes:
- understanding and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
- understand seasonality
- Knowing where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed
Pupils have the opportunity to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques during a variety of projects such as the Roots to Food roadshow.