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Design and Technology

Design is intelligence made visible.                     

 Alina Wheeler

At Ashton Vale we strive to deliver design technology in a way that is inspiring, rigorous and practical. We encourage creativity and imagination; enabling pupils to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We utilise the Kapow scheme of learning in order to utilise a broad and ambitions Design and Technology curriculum.

Children will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Our pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens who relish a challenge. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, our children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment].

Within cooking and nutrition, as part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Our big ideas within DT are to: investigate, design, make, and evaluate. These big ideas help our children to make sense of the subject and the specific aspects within it. These may also help structure our DT sessions and provide clear progression.

 Design and Technology Curriculum Progression