To build and apply a repertoire of technical knowledge, understanding and skills (drawing on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing, art, textiles and cooking) in order to design, make and evaluate a wide variety of high-quality prototypes and products based on the principles: user, purpose, functionality, design decisions, innovation and authenticity. Through this inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, children will gain the expertise to take risks, and become resourceful, enterprising and capable citizens needed to excel in an increasingly technological world.
“High-quality teaching and learning permeates the school and across an exciting curriculum. Teachers ensure that lessons are purposeful and busy, and pupils are supported skilfully by high-quality teaching assistants” Ofsted 2018
Design and Technology at Kentmere Academy and Nursery is about designing and making something, for someone, for some purpose. It involves investigating, planning, evaluating and using a wide range of materials and equipment in different situations. Great designers are curious first and foremost, they observe, take notice and make notes of things others overlook. They are able to articulate their ideas in a way that builds consensus and fosters an atmosphere of confidence. Design and Technology involves learning about the world we live in and developing the technical knowledge and skills that enable our children to make products that people want and that work well.
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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Design and Technology is planned in line with the statements laid out in the National Curriculum and with cross-curricular links where possible. All the children at Kentmere receive discrete Design and Technology lessons with additional opportunities for cross-curricular links. Design and Technology lessons are planned to be cross-curricular where possible to immerse the children in their learning and provide greater depth opportunities within subjects for example in Computing by designing robots.
We develop the knowledge, skills and values required to become a designer. Our children learn: what makes a healthy and varied diet, where food comes from, how products are designed and constructed, what different tools and materials can be used for, how manufacturing processes can be sustainable. Our children are able to: evaluate existing and own products, design and make new products to fulfil a particular need, choose appropriate materials and tools and cook a variety of dishes. Our designers are confident, independent, resilient and hold high expectations of themselves. The children have Design and Technology books which follow them through school so that we can see the progression in their work and is evidence of their own personal development of their knowledge and skills.
Designers at Kentmere will have exceeded the expectations of the National Curriculum to have innovative, imaginative designs of a high quality and fit for purpose. They will be proficient in the fundamental skills of Design and Technology and articulate when speaking about designing, making and evaluating products. When the children leave Kentmere they will be secure in their subject specific vocabulary and able to confidently express their ideas and opinions.
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