At Holy Trinity, pupils are taught the skills to select and use appropriate tools in a safe and careful manner in order to effectively make a product. They are encouraged to evaluate and think critically about the effectiveness of their designs and what requirements are needed during the making process. They have the opportunities to extend their understanding and experience of design technology through different mediums such as ICT and through inspiring and practical ways. Each child has the freedom to use their own imagination and design wishes to solve real and relevant problems when designing their products. They learn the importance of trial and error and are able to discuss their initial methodologies and suggest ways of improving their work.
The children will design, make, evaluate and will carry out these three important stages whilst using relevant technical knowledge of their studies.
The children focus on designing appealing products for an intended target audience based on the design criteria given to them. They generate, develop and communicate their ideas through class discussions, jotting down their ideas, sketching their ideas, creating step by step templates and, where appropriate, through ICT. In older year groups, these skills be extended through annotated sketches, diagrams and computer-aided designs.
The children use research and develop their design criteria to produce products that are fit for purpose for their intended target audience. They use their own creativity skills and take risks in order to develop their models and take advice from their peers through discussions. They then use available resources to complete their designs; again, using their own judgement and creativity to choose the materials they see best fit. In older year groups, they continue to use their own judgement when choosing equipment when thinking about the functional properties and aesthetic qualities of their products.
The children evaluate a range of existing products and then evaluate their own ideas and products against the design success criteria given to them. They learn to be critical thinkers and risk takers, understanding when products need amending and adjusting. In older year groups, children develop earlier skills taught to them by considering the views of others when improving their work. They observe key events and individuals in real life and think about how they have helped shape the world of design and technology.
From the beginning of their design and technology experiences, the children are taught specific language that is appropriate to the designs they are making. They build structures, explore how they can be make strong, stiffer and more stable. In lower year groups, children explore and use mechanisms such as levers, sliders, wheels and axles, in their products. In older year groups, the children then apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures. They become familiar with the mechanical systems in their products, such as gears, pulleys and levers, and they explore electrical systems such as circuits, light bulbs, buzzers and motors. They then apply their understanding of knowing how to program, monitor and control their products through different mediums such as computing.