All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23
Design and Technology feature in each Year Group at Waverley Abbey. Children are shown that changing ideas into production requires planning and design. We want our children to be excited to develop their practical skills in cooking, working with textiles, making mechanical systems etc. We wish for our children to consider the impact that design and technology has on their lives, which will not only benefit them in school, but in their adult, working lives too.
D&T will be taught effectively in all year groups to ensure that National Curriculum objectives are being covered and our teaching is in line with the recommendations set out by Ofsted and The Design and Technology Association. In lessons, technical vocabulary will be explicitly taught alongside the skills the children are developing. Children will evaluate existing products based on how well they meet the needs of different users and create products based on a design brief, which considers the intended user and purpose. They will evaluate their products against design criteria, stating what went well and what could have been improved.
Ideas form the basis of research to help develop design (through discussion, annotated sketches and diagrams) for prototypes of appealing products that are fit for purpose. Children are encouraged to select a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, and materials according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities. They are further encouraged to evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others’ to improve their work.
Through the process of inspiration to post-production (no matter the scale) Waverley Abbey promotes the desire to work out ways to change ideas into practice.
The Design and Technology undertaken at Waverley Abbey follows the National Curriculum. The aim of the school is to involve all children in age appropriate activities, followed through the course of the year.
Design and Technology in each year of the school focuses on four key areas: Designing, Making, Evaluating and Technical Knowledge.
The subject input is intended to allow all children to realise that inventors and manufacturers (now and across the ages) who come up with an idea, do not suddenly produce a finished item. Instead, they plan, test, trial and improve the product, using working models until they can create a final product.