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Design and Technology

 All of our curriculum has been designed with our children in mind.

What is Design and Technology at Lynsted and Norton school? (Intent)

 Design technology at Lynsted and Norton school aims to  develop and use a variety of skills and knowledge that our children will need as they enter different stages of their lives. We aim to increase cultural capital via teaching them practical life skills using a range of equipment, developing an understanding of technology, people and the environment, whilst awakening their creativity and design.

What does Design and Technology look like at Lynsted and Norton school? (Implementation and Impact)

  At Lynsted and Norton school the Design and Technology curriculum is divided into 4 areas; Nutrition, Textiles, Structure and Mechanisms.

1. Nutrition

Through theoretical and practical sessions the children's skills will develop over their time in school leading to the preparation of a full meal.

EYFS: Children will know the importance for good health of a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They will also have the opportunity of tasting different types of food.

KS1: The children will be able to use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.

KS2: The children will understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet and be able to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.

They should be able to demonstrate an understanding of healthy behaviours in relation to lifestyle and food choices and have a good understanding of their own culturally significant foods, and be able to contrast this with differing socially significant dishes.

Children may be able to talk about the variation in the availability of food, and how food can reflect the economic and social structure of the culture surrounding it, both in modern times and historically

What knowledge will the children have embedded?

Children will be able to talk about the process behind their dish, including the origin of their ingredients and the significance they may have culturally (where relevant).

Children will know how, and demonstrate how, to use equipment safely and effectively.

Children will be able to talk about culturally significant food in their lives and food significant in cultures other than their own. They will demonstrate understanding of the need for hygiene and safety measures. 

2. Textiles

Through design and practical sessions the children's skills will develop over their time in school a range of skills relating to textiles, such as the main sewing stitches, use of a pattern, design, accessorising.

EYFS: Children will be able to talk about a variety of fabric and have learn how to weave with a range of different fabrics.

KS1: Children will be able to sew and join fabrics using a running stitch. They will be able to cut out shapes which have been created by drawing round a template onto the fabric. Children will begin to sew using a range of basic stitches..

KS2: Children will develop their ability to create products using pattern pieces and demonstrate an awareness of seam allowance. They will be able to join fabrics by pinning and tacking and be able to over sew, use back stitch and blanket stitch. They will also be able to add further decoration to their work using buttons , beads, sequins etc

What knowledge will the children have embedded?

Children will be able to talk about the process behind their finished piece and discuss why fabrics are chosen and talk about the stitches used.

Children will know how, and demonstrate how, to use equipment safely and effectively.

3.Structures

We aim for the children with increasing independence and ability, build innovative, functional, appealing, stable structures that are fit for purpose. To understand how to reinforce and strengthen a range of frameworks.

EYFS: Children will begin to build structures with a range of materials inside and out.

KS1: Children will begin to build structures with increasing independence, joining components together to create a finished product. They will explore how they can make these structures stronger, stiffer and more stable.

KS2: With increasing independence and ability, children will be able to build innovative, functional, appealing, stable structures that are fit for purpose. They will be able to evidence how products can be made stronger and more stable, and use finishing techniques to strengthen and improve the appearance of their models.

What knowledge will the children have embedded?

Children will be able to talk about the process behind their finished piece and discuss how they have reinforced the structure to ensure stability.

Children will increasingly be able to work towards a design brief - being able to identify elements that meet the criteria.

Children will know how, and demonstrate how, to use equipment safely and effectively.

 

4. Mechanisms

 Over time children will have the opportunity to explore and create mechanisms with a variety of systems within. Choosing gears, pulleys and cams as appropriate.

EYFS: With support children will begin to incorporate moving parts in to models.  For example, use split pins to make body parts move.

KS1: With some support children will begin to explore and use simple mechanisms such as sliders in moving pictures and hinges. They will also be introduced to and using wheels and axels in their designs. They will also begin to independently explore and use winding mechanisms. 

KS2:  The children will have a string understanding of basic pneumatics and how these can be used in design. They understand how mechanical systems such as cams create movement and use these in designs as appropriate. They are able to create and use prototypes and work towards a design brief.

 What knowledge will the children have embedded?

Children will be able to talk about the mechanisms behind their finished piece and discuss why each mechanism is suited in this case.

Children will increasingly be able to work towards a design brief - being able to identify elements that meet the criteria.

Children will know how, and demonstrate how, to use equipment safely and effectively.

Overview

Here is an overview of how we have divided these 4 areas into progressions that go across the school.
Pixie overview - what does design technology look like in Early Years

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February 21 - We are looking at all things stitching in Trolls. Having dropped off Binka, threads and silks we eagerly await our Viking designs the children are working on.
January 21 - We have finally completed the sort of the Art and Design Technology cupboard to make sure we have everything we need to teach the children. Everything is now labelled and we all have to be really careful about where we put things back! How long do you think it will last?