DT Vision 2020
What does DT look like now?
At Hambleton design and Technology develops children's skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control, and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues, and as outlined in the National Curriculum document, we follow a ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach to the teaching and learning of DT, and celebrate this with a DT week across school each year. This challenge gives the children the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to a greater depth (mastery) level.
From the youngest children in Early Years, who are encouraged to show an interest in technological toys and explore different materials, tools and techniques to construct with a purpose in mind through Year 1 and 2 who begin to put this exploration into action, building moving vehicles with a particular purpose. Links are made to our Topic curriculum throughout the year, where children are given the opportunity to ‘Design, Make and Evaluate’ a variety of different products.
We have a well-resourced DT tool kit, which also includes ‘Risk Assessments’ that children complete before the beginning of any project. They are given the opportunity to use ‘Real’ tools, such as drills, clamps, and hammers, which support ‘life skills’.
Furthermore, children through school are taught cooking and nutrition in the curriculum and we provide a curriculum which enables children to make healthy eating choices. We believe teaching pupils to cook is an important part of promoting a whole school approach to health and wellbeing and attainment, helping us achieve high standards as a Healthy School. We have a dedicated, well-resourced kitchen area that the children enjoy using as part of their cooking experiences, where they are taught safety aspects of cooking and to develop independence, cooking simple nutritious foods.
A high-quality Design Technology education at Hambleton aims to prepare children for life in the workplace and gives them a great foundation of skills when transitioning to high school.
DT – The best we can be…
The whole DT curriculum has been totally revamped, focusing back on the main National Curriculum aims and ensuring clear progression of skills from EYFS all the way to Year 6. We now focus on ensuring children have access to ‘tools’ and are given clear guidance upon how to use them. We have managed to do this through effective CPD for all staff and will continue to build upon this in 2020-2021. Our DT weeks will continue, where children will be able to learn about ‘Real World’ tool use and ‘Masters of Architects’ understanding why things were built.
We have also realised the need to ensure children are immersed in world of ‘Cooking’ from around the World and using basic Hygiene.
All children will have much better opportunities to embrace DT throughout ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach where their skills are developed year-on-year.