Design & Technology

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Overview

Design and Technology is an exciting and integral part of Hellingly School life with staff, not only following the specific DT curriculum but using DT as a means to enhance the teaching of other subjects. Most of our DT units have cross curricular links with both core and foundation subjects, thus ensuring a higher percentage of time spent covering a particular area and emphasising the relevance of the work to everyday life. In addition to this, themed topic days provide classes with opportunities to cook or design and make items e.g. in Year 3 when Egyptian bread and jewellery was made.

From Nursery to Year 6, the children are taught specific skills enabling them to create and make high quality items. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children begin to appreciate that materials/objects have particular properties which make them suitable for a particular task. They learn to select and safely use an appropriate range of tools to produce a product which satisfies a particular purpose showing clear decision making. They build and construct with a wide range of objects, adapting their work where necessary. With this foundation, children from Year 1 onwards are guided through the design processes used in industry: they must consider their target market and analyse existing products before they create their own ideas and develop them into working products. As they make their product, essential skills are taught, always with an emphasis on safety. Finally they must evaluate their finished product. Progression can clearly be seen via both the level of skills shown as the children move on up the school plus the demands of the projects themselves.

Pupil News

You can view examples of Design & Technology in action here on the new category feed. These posts also appear in the main news feeds, as they are posted.