Design & Technology

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at Didsbury CE Primary School

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
- Steve Jobs

Design and technology at Didsbury CE is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and technology, like science, helps children to make sense of the world in which they live and the fact that it is all around them in the form of buildings, structures, shapes and materials. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

At Didsbury CE we help the pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Our high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation, supporting our pupils to engage in their future careers.

A curriculum for life for all

We are proud of the fact that the ambitious DT curriculum at Didsbury CE plays a vital role in equipping each child with the skills and knowledge needed to take advantage of opportunities in later life.  We build upon the great experiences and knowledge that lots of children start with, building in knowledge about the transferability of problem-solving skills, as we know that these skills 'open doors' to many future careers. Teachers also use precise questioning in class to challenge and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children, keep up with the challenging DT curriculum.
The exploration, enquiry and evaluating opportunities that thread through our curriculum equip our children, whatever their social background, the soft skills such as critical thinking and teamwork that are vital to success in 21st century Britain. 

Curriculum planning and sequencing 

At Didsbury CE we strive to equip children with the design, making and evaluative skills to understand our modern and fast-changing world and have a positive future impact on it through becoming creative and versatile thinkers!

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we develop pupils' technical knowledge through building structures and exploring how different mechanisms work. Pupils also start learning to cook food and investigate nutrition. In addition, they start to learn the basic principles of healthy eating and understand where an increasing range of food comes from.

In Key Stage Two, children build and expand on the technical knowledge they acquire and use a range of mechanical systems in their products, including electrical devices and components. Children also learn to refine a range of cooking techniques and learn in more depth about the principles and importance of a varied and balanced diet. Furthermore, children examine seasonality as well as explore how ingredients are sourced, grown, reared, caught and processed. 

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