Design Technology (DT) is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and at Beacon our DT curriculum is linked to this framework, which provides a holistic and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our DT curriculum prepares the children with key life skills which they will need throughout their life into adult hood, enabling individual development. It requires the children to develop an inquisitive mind and to challenge and question the way they look at the world around them. Children become problem solvers through practical tasks, using creativity and imagination. They will develop enquiring, inquisitive and creative minds and develop links to industry, commerce and business and through this serves to develop teamwork, leadership and resilience when working with others.
At Beacon the DT curriculum is organised as part of an integrated approach to learning and is taught through topics each with a Design and Technology task, where the emphasis of teaching is on first-hand experience where teachers encourage children to take control of their own learning.
In Early Years, Design Technology is taught through the subject Expressive Arts and Design. The children access DT through their play and through adult led activities for a range of topics across the year, as well as in weekly circle time discussions.
The fundamental skills, knowledge and concept are explored throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Children study;
- Design – design purposeful, functional and appealing products.
- Make – select and use a range of tools and equipment.
- Evaluate – Explore and evaluate products and ideas.
- Technical knowledge – build structures, explore different ideas, use mechanical and electrical systems.
- Cooking and Nutrition – Understand basic principles of a healthy diet and nutrition, acquire basic cooking skills and techniques.
Miss R Walters
Design Technology Leader
Special Educational Needs
Please see the document on how Beacon ensure all children, including those with SEND and additional needs provide a curriculum which is tailored to all children.
Websites to develop your Design Technology skills
KS1 Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb9d7ty
KS1 Top Marks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=7&AgeGroup=2
KS2 Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyr9wmn
KS2 - Top Marks- https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=7&AgeGroup=3
All Year Groups - https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/design-technology/
https://www.exploratorium.edu/pie/ideas.html#page -Idea Library of models to be made
http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/ - Lots of Food Technology information
http://www.howstuffworks.com - Some interesting information
https://www.lego.com/en-gb/themes/letsbuildtogether/365-activities - Lego Building