Wallands Community Primary School

Design Technology

DT is about providing opportunities for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs.

Making mistakes is a huge part of DT and fundamental to children’s learning.

Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.

Each year group takes part in one DT topic per term and one of these topics is food related. Food technology and cooking skills are also taught at times throughout the year in our very own teaching kitchen. This may be linked with other subjects or also have a design focus.

Learning in DT provides opportunities for developing spiritual, moral and cultural education:

  • Enjoy and celebrate personal creativity, through plenty of cross curricular design opportunities.
  • Develop confidence to explore and experiment with different materials and skills to solve problems.
  • Embrace failure and difficulties as a necessary path to learning and achieving success.
  • Develop mutual respect through peer evaluation.
  • Consider the impact of materials or ingredients for designs on the wider environment.
  • Encourage sustainable thinking when choosing materials for a design.
  • Consider moral dilemmas raised in designing or evaluating existing products.
  • Encourage and accepting constructive criticism as a vehicle to improve students learning outcomes.
  • Interact with the community through events or visits.
  • Follow safety rules ensure collective responsibility for a safe and efficient working environment.
  • Consider cultural influences on designs.
  • Promote and celebrate British values by inspiring learners with the work of British designers and inventors.
  • Promote work of past designers from around the world.