Design and Technology is a subject that we are passionate about at Our Lady of Hartley. It is great fun to learn, teaches valuable skills and leads to truly wonderful cross-curricular learning. Our Design Technology curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their design and technology capital.
Wherever we can, links are made to ‘real-life’ professions and contexts to give the children a sense of purpose when engaged in their work.
Our Design and Technology has been fully developed alongside a local secondary school to ensure that we best prepare children for key stage three.
DT in the Early Years
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage separates learning and development into seven areas (three prime areas and four specific areas). The area that relates to DT is entitled, ‘expressive arts and design’. Within this document, the following targets relate to design and technology:
At Our Lady of Hartley, we are big advocates of encouraging and developing DT skills in the Early Years though a mixture of adult led sessions and child initiated play.
Many of our different learning zones allow for open-ended DT projects. These include: junk modelling, small-scale indoor construction, large-scale outdoor construction, water play and sand play.
Children are taught how to safely (and independently) use a variety of skills throughout the year and these skills are built upon in Year 1.
Measuring accurately is key Design and Technology skill and allows children to apply and consolidate their mathematical understanding.
Children can apply their instructional writing skills in the planning process of their DT work as well as developing their speaking and listening skills when communicating their ideas to others.
An understanding of forces is essential for creating mechanisms (pulleys, wheels and axles, levers and linkages).
The ability to visually express ideas accurately is an artistic skill. It enables children to develop their ideas, plan their projects and communicate the concept to others.
Computing knowledge and skills can be applied to DT work, providing real life opportunities to put skills to practical use.