At Croftlands Infant School, children receive a design and technology curriculum which provides them opportunities to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art. Children’s interests are captured through theme learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, also linking to our school values, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning. Children will learn basic cooking skills.
We teach the EYFS Framework, Birth to 5 Matters and National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge. The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning.
While making, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from.
To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary.
DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight.
The key skills we teach the children may include: • sewing and textiles • cooking and nutrition • electrical or mechanical components • Using materials
By the time pupils leave Croftlands Infant & Nursery School we aim for the children to have developed a curiosity as to how things work in order to acquire knowledge of moving parts and how to apply this knowledge along with creative thinking to solve problems. The children enjoy experimenting with ideas, take risks and have confidence in asking questions. They will be able to make clear plans using labelled diagrams and communicate their ideas clearly with others using appropriate vocabulary about how they will produce their end product.
Click here for the KS1 DT Curriculum.
Please seen Expressive Arts and Design within Birth to 5 Matters for EYFS materials links.
Please take a look at our Key Stage One yearly overview KS1 DT overview
Design Technology Vocabulary Progression
Design Technology Knowledge Progression
Please take a look at our progression of skills in KS1 KS1 progression of skills
KS1 knowledge organiser mechanisms DT Year one mechanisms