Laygate Primary

Monday 1st Sept. 2014 Design and Technology Inset day


What is Design and Technology and has it been redefined under the revised National Curriculum for 2014?


Practical session 1

  • Quality Products in card
  • Linking DT to other subject areas


Practical session 2

  • Paper as a construction material.
  • ‘Transport’ project - a whole school topic?


Practical session 3

Developing new projects for each year group?

  • Playground structures
  • Winding up
  • Simple vehicles
  • Moving creatures and scenes
  • Torches
  • Buzzer games
  • Cam toys
  • Electric vehicles
  • Motorized products
  • Raspberry Pi projects using ‘scratch’


Concluding discussion and sharing experiences


National curriculum programme of study....

...........an iterative process of designing and making.


KS1: When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


 Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

 Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


 Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]

 Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


 Explore and evaluate a range of existing products

 Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

 Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

 Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.


Asking questions in order to find out more about the problem

State specific requirements of the design solution

Research existing solutions

Communicate ideas: verbal, graphical, models

Select appropriate materials and processes


Every D and T ‘activity’ need not follow the whole Design Process!

Individual ‘making’ tasks are ideal for acquiring skills and helping improve quality

Individual ‘design’ tasks (eg. steps 1,2,3 above) are ideal for stimulating the imagination, helping develop communication skills and encouraging ‘innovation’.

Schools must show evidence that pupils have experienced the whole process and this would indicate that at least one major project should take place in each year group.

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