Design and Technology

Intent

The Design and Technology curriculum at Sir William Burrough is designed as hands-on enrichment of areas of study that children have covered in the Art and Science curricula. The aim of the curriculum is that children should develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform every tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world; to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users; be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others; and to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Implementation

The core of the Design and Technology curriculum is one of hands-on experience. In the Early Years, much is made of practical design, simple building and the understanding of how things are constructed. In Key Stage One, children use a variety of tools to create attractive and functional objects and models of buildings using real resources and in order to create a pleasing and functional outcome. They also begin to learn the understanding of nutrition, the basics of cookery and how a balanced diet is healthy.

In Key Stage Two, children take their learning further by creating ever more elaborate objects and designs using new and innovative techniques, such as pneumatics and computer-aided design, all the while developing their skills in evaluating what they have done. They continue to learn more about nutrition and the processes of cooking, culminating in creating a complete, healthy and nutritional meal by the end of Key Stage Two.

Impact

The impact of the Design and Technology curriculum is that, by the end of their time at the school, children will be able to:

  • Design and create objects and models using a variety of techniques, tools and methodologies.
  • Evaluate with accuracy and precision the success of otherwise of their own and others’ designs.
  • Understand a wide range of different processes and methods to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Have a broad understanding of the history of design, invention and innovation.
  • Have a good understanding of mechanisms, electronics and how computers and AI work with humanity to create new and innovative designs.
  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Prepare and cook a variety of savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
  • Understand seasonality and the impact of food miles and food travel on the world and the environment.