Design and Technology

At Greatham CE Primary School, each DT unit is a coherently planned sequence of lessons to ensure teachers have progressively covered the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum.

The purpose of design technology education is to enable pupils to be creative and use their imagination to make products that solve real and relevant problems in different contexts. In this subject, children will acquire a broad range of knowledge and draw on other areas of the curriculum to be successful. Evaluation of past and present design and technology will enable pupils to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators.

We want to ensure that Design and Technology is enjoyed by pupils and teachers across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future. Throughout lessons, we intend to inspire pupils and practitioners to develop a love of Design and Technology and see how it has helped shaped the ever-evolving technological world they live in. We achieve this by ensuring all Design and Technology projects are structured to allow children opportunities to explore existing designs, products, innovations and innovators, solve problems that are pertinent to the children and that allow them to practise and refine the new skills they are taught and build upon prior skills and knowledge in a practical and meaningful way. Through this, children are taught to see the significance of Design and Technology, the impact it has had, and continues to have on their lives and the lives of others and how the skills and knowledge they acquire through the subject can be valuable and even crucial to them in the future. It helps to inspire children to develop a love of the subject and to see how this passion can be built upon and even have the potential to eventually provide them with a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Class 2 designed and made some wonderful bird feeders out of recycled materials for our school nature garden.

Class 3 loved designing, making, testing and evaluating cinema trays!

Class 3 made some delicious chocolate bars and designed and made their own amazing wrappers!

Class 4 worked hard to produce some fantastic bridges!