We believe that planning for progression in design and technology should be a recurring experience. In the Foundation Stage teachers work to the New Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which lay down the basic understanding, skills and attitudes in readiness for the National Curriculum at KS1. This provides for progression and continuity and enables each individual child revisit skills.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, KS1 pupils develop the skills of designing and making. Working in a range of relevant contexts and making meaningful cross-curricular links, pupils learn how to think imaginatively and discuss what they like, dislike and how they would modify their work when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. They explore how to design and make safely and start to use ICT as part of their designing and making. They select from and use a range of tools and equipment, as well as a wide range of materials and components.
During KS2, pupils work on a range of designing and making activities. This includes disassembling objects to grasp a greater understanding of their designs. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways.
Cross-curricular links include: Literacy: instruction writing, explanation text and non-fiction text. Maths: Positional language, measurements and shape. Science: control modelling, electricity, forces and motion. Art: design. History: past and present. D and T will also be taught through Modelling and Simulations in Computing using Sketch Up and other programs.