Curriculum - Design & Technology

Using creativity and imagination, Design Technology is taught as an inspiring and practical subject at Birchwood Juniors. The children are provided with opportunities to draw upon their mathematical, scientific, computing and art knowledge to design and make products. These products solve real life problems and help pupils to thrive in the wider world. Design Technology units provide children with the chance to develop expertise and use their DREAM BIG curriculum powers. Through the journey of creativity, reasoning, making mistakes and resilience the children develop critical thinking understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

At Birchwood Juniors the pupils will follow a familiar process for each unit:

 1. Research designers and design
 2. Plan and Experiment
 3. Make, Prototype and Test
 4. Evaluate

Each stage of the process has equal importance in ensuring pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

When designing and making, pupils will be taught to:

Design:

 - use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
 - generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Make:

 - select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
 - select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Evaluate:

 - investigate and analyse a range of existing products
 - evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
 - understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Evaluate:

 - investigate and analyse a range of existing products
 - evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
 - understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical Knowledge

 - apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
 - understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
 - understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
 - apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

Cooking And Nutrition

As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Pupils will be taught to:

Key Stage 1

 - use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
 - understand where food comes from.

Key Stage 2

 - understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
 - prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
 - understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Long Term Plan