At Gilbert Scott, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making, based on real life context. Through our DT curriculum, we want children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. We believe that evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, which is a key skill they can use in their adult life. We want the children to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. We want children to be able to work collaboratively and problem solve on a shared project to reach an end goal. Children’s interests are captured through theme learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning.
Children will communicate enthusiastically their thoughts on existing products using a range of vocabulary.
Adults will always model a high level of vocabulary during each stage of the making process.
Children will understand vocabulary used when designing, making and evaluating.
Children will be able to communicate effectively with each other when working on a collaborative project.
Knowledge / Understanding
Children will understand the importance of the products they are creating, and the importance of each stage of creation.
Children will understand that design needs to be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning.
Understand the importance of critique, evaluating and testing their ideas and products and the work of others
Children will 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
Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Understand where food comes from.
Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school.
Design will be planned through appropriate formats such as drawing, templated, talking and mock ups.
Children will create using a range of skills that are progressively taught from Nursery-Year 6
Children will be able to design, make and evaluate using skills taught from Nursery-Year 6
Children will be able to cook nutritious meals
Children will understand the importance of designing and creating products for a range of uses.
They will understand that DT serves a real purpose for the world they live in today.
Children will understand how to use equipment safely
Children will experience creating for a variety of purposes using a range of equipment and resources from Nursery-Year 6.
Children will experience evaluating and displaying their work.
Children will experience cooking a variety of healthy meals for themselves and others.