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Queen Eleanor's C of E Junior School

Queen Eleanor's C of E Junior School"A caring, supportive community, grounded in a Christian ethos, where children are inspired to explore their potential and develop skills for life."

DT

Intent

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

- Steve Jobs

At Queen Eleanor’s C of E junior school, our vision for design and technology is to give children the skills, confidence and inspiration to design, create and build whatever their imagination and ideas desire. Through learning about the engineering masters of the past and present – such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Steve Jobs - and giving them the tools and aspiration to follow in their footsteps. 

Pupils are given the opportunity to work through a process of designing, making and evaluating, and are thus able to develop and refine their 3D creations and reflect on the outcomes.

Implementation

Design technology is a life skill and is interlinked with other subjects across the curriculum. For example, following the science topic on Electricity, in year 4 pupils put this learning into practise when making electronic board games. In year 5, a design and technology project enables pupils to build a WW2 Anderson shelter. Design and technology projects are purposeful and enable children to see a practical context for their learning.

Design and Technology Curriculum Overview

Year

Summary of learning

3

Wooden jinx frames

Shadow puppets

Healthy eating

4

Electronic board games

Aztec papier mache masks

Great Exhibition product design

5

Wooden mazes - Greek labyrinth

Papier mache volcanoes

WW2 Anderson shelters

6

Papier mache dragon boats

Building bridges

 

Impact

Design and technology develops important life skills such as confidence, risk-taking and resilience. Studying DT can help to develop children’s critical thinking and their ability to interpret the world around them.

Design and technology are integral parts of culture and society from computer game design to engineering, packaging to food preparation. It is a subject which is enjoyed throughout the school where children benefit from the excitement of learning by creating, innovating and using their imagination!