In this section of the website, you will find information about our approach to teaching Design & Technology at Neville’s Cross.
What does Design Technology look like at Neville’s Cross?
At Neville’s Cross we value Design & Technology as a practical subject, through which children enjoy the process of creating and become more confident, realistic problem solvers. It is our intent that children engage in designing and making products for real, yet age appropriate, purposes across all year groups. The process of investigating, designing, making and ongoing evaluation is absolutely central to our Design & Technology. Our projects and teaching explicitly nurture and scaffold progress in this ‘designing and making’ process. Consequently, our Design & Technology is presented in projects and each project initiated with a ‘design brief’. It is from here children explore and investigate options, practise practical skills, gain specific knowledge and vocabulary, develop ideas for design, plan and then make things. Children evaluate and refine their ideas and techniques throughout this process and again with the end product. They are encouraged to keep the ‘design brief’ clearly in mind and to consider potential users of the things they make. The projects are organised in a two-year roll, carefully planned to visit and revisit a range of key materials, develop specific practical skills and the related technical vocabulary, build knowledge of safety, hygiene, a healthy diet, materials and techniques, as well as push forward skills and attitudes inherent in the ‘designing and making’ process. We believe that Design & Technology, particularly the cyclic process of ‘designing and making,’ nurtures personal qualities useful in other subjects and in life: imagination, organisation, reflection and resilience. It also applies and deepens knowledge and skills from many other subject areas so lends itself to being rooted in contexts brought from other subjects. Consequently, many of our projects begin with design briefs founded in History, Geography and Science.
Intent, Implementation and Impact:
- The Intent provides information on the provision of Design and Technology.
- The Implementation provides the subject overview detailing how Design and Technology is taught.
- The Impact shows improvements seen as a result of our implementation of Design and Technology.