What we want to achieve
At Telford Junior school, we believe Design and technology is an opportunity for learning which is inspiring and practical. We want our pupils to use creativity and imagination to design, make and evaluate products in a variety of contexts. The children will have the opportunity to solve problems, drawing on their own, or others’ experiences in order to consider how to improve existing products. There are opportunities to acquire a broad range of knowledge and link to other subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Design and technology uses the skills and knowledge from these other subjects, but often through a problem that needs to be thought through. They are able to learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful and innovative. Children will learn a variety of skills across four different areas: mechanisms, structures, textiles and cookery. These skills are developed and built upon each year.
Each topic follows the Design process through looking at the key aspects of creating a final product, which is to explore and research their initial ideas. To this there needs to be a clear design brief and then after some research has taken place a design specification of what needs to be included. Testing through focused practical tasks and other research allows pupils to use other cross curricular skills such as measuring, estimating, forces etc.. to make their design detailed and well informed. They then create their final product and their final evaluation. However, they continually evaluate throughout the work to make sure they are checking and make decisions as they go.