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Design Technology

Attitudes. Skills. Knowledge. Students will discover what it means to development each of these attributes through the responsibilities given in completing project based challenges.

Specialist Design Technology Teaching at Primary

During the Primary years, Design Technology appears on the timetable as a double period of 80 minutes. The children first encounter Design Technology as a separate subject discipline, in Year 2 (6 years of ages)

During Years 2-4, Design Technology is in a group of 3 subjects which rotate every 13 weeks:

Year 2
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 : Drama, Art , Design Technology

Year 3
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3: Art, Design Technology, Drama

Year 4
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3: Design Technology, Drama , Art

In Years 5 and 6, childrens exposure to the subject is further increased by making just one rotation , for a larger group of subjects:

Year 5
First half of the school year : Drama, Art
Second half of the school year: Music, Design Technology

Year 6
First half of the school year: Music, Design Technology
Second half of the school year: Drama, Art

As students enter the Secondary School in Year 7, they will then have Design Technology as a full course subject for 80 minutes per week, throughout the year.

What are the goals of the Design Technology programme in Primary?

Attitudes, Skills , Knowledge.

The development of these attributes will happen simultaneously and come about through the responsibilities given to students in completing project based challenges.

We would therefore expect students to begin to develop the following attitudes and work ethics.

Desirable attitudes

  • Readiness to take decisions and show initiative
  • Ability to sustain interest in an activity for a substantial period of time
  • Pride in craftsmanship and the presentation of design work
  • Awareness and respect for tools, materials, and a concern for the environment.

Secondly, we would look to develop students skills in both designing and making.

Acquired skills (practical)

  • Dexterity and coordination
  • Selection, safe and confident use of a range of materials and tools

Acquired skills (reasoning)

  • Ability to think clearly and logically
  • Ability to exercise judgement

Acquired skills (communication)

  • Ability to use and understand technical language
  • Ability to communicate and interpret ideas and information through oral, written and graphic forms

Lastly, we would expect students to expand their range of knowledge on which to base their ideas and complete the making process.

Knowledge

  • Understanding and awareness of processes, techniques, materials, tools and equipment
  • Understanding of the design process and the relevance of each stage to a variety of different problem solving situations.

Uplands cultivates in our students, pride in craftsmanship and the presentation of design work along with an awareness and respect for tools, materials, and a concern for the environment.

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