Design & Technology

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Curriculum Design

at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School

Our Design and Technology curriculum follows a two-year cycle (Cycle A and Cycle B) and is split into Key Stages: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. This is due to our school being one and half form entry.

Children gain a range of skills and in different units, they focus on the following areas of Design Technology: textiles, mechanisms, structures, electronics and food. Elements of Computer Aided Design (CAM) also feature in the children’s lessons. To ensure that children gain a full experience of creating a product, each unit is split into the following stages:

Research: Children explore existing products and evaluate their features and design. They will be exposed to a diverse range of designers at this stage.

Design: Children will create diagrams (including exploded diagrams in Upper Key Stage 2) of the product they are going to make, with parts labelled and annotations saying what equipment they will need.

Make: Children will use a range of skills to make their product. Two or three lessons will be devoted to this.

Evaluate: Children will assess the success of their product and will consider what could have been done differently.

The stages above will be neatly and accurately recorded in a DT book.

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