Welcome to Design and Technology at Wallace Fields Junior School
Design Technology (DT) prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.
At Wallace Fields Junior School we follow the ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach to the teaching of DT, as outlined in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study document. The technical skills which we teach encompass the following areas: Construction, Mechanisms, Textiles and Food and Nutrition. We feel that the teaching of Food and Nutrition is a great importance and holds great relevance in current times. For this reason, children will study a Food and Nutrition unit every year, in which children are taught the skills of both hygiene and cooking/ preparing food.
This table outlines the different Design and Technology projects that each year group undertakes each term.
|Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|Autumn||Creating Packaging||Sewing money Containers||Shelters||Slippers|
|Spring||Fruit Salads||Baking muffins||Alarm Systems||Hot-cross Buns|
|Summer||Electrical Nightlights||Pop-up Books||Biscuits||Fairground Rides|
Our intent is that pupils use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. By doing so, pupils will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on cross curricular knowledge and skills such as mathematics, science, computing and art.
For further details on the teaching of DT across the school, please view our progression map.