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At Sauncey Wood Primary School, Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject for our learners. This subject encourages our children to learn and think creatively to solve problems as individuals. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products within a variety of contexts often linked to other curriculum areas. Our Design and Technology curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children are exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food and woodwork; through this, children develop their knowledge, skills, vocabulary and resilience.


Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary. We ensure that children are aware of health and safety issues related to all tasks undertaken. The children work in a range of relevant contexts and each year group undertakes a construction topic, a textile topic and a food/drink topic


When designing and making, the children are taught to design, use research and develop their own steps to success. Each product designed is aimed at particular groups or individuals. Children generate and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes. When making their products, children in each year group select tools and perform practical tasks that are linked to specific skills relevant to their year group, for example: cutting materials safely using tools provided in Key Stage 1 to cutting materials with precision and refining the finish with appropriate tools in Key Stage 2. Once tasks are completed or products finished, they are analysed, evaluated and investigated to ensure they have met their own design steps to success.  


In Design and Technology, children will be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design and Technology. There will also be opportunities for collaborative learning where children will be asked to work as part of a team, learning to support and help one another towards a challenging, yet rewarding goal.


We ensure the children build an understanding of skills in order to design and make products for a wide range of users. Children critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products. Furthermore, children understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Children will design and make a range of products throughout their school career. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child. As designers, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.

Learning beyond the classroom

All classes provide a range of opportunities for learning in Design and Technology at home through ‘Take Your Pick’ challenges. Challenges where children have to design and make models or models and those linked to food technology are always popular choices at home. BBC Teach 5 a day

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