Design Technology

Engaging, exciting and empowering lifelong learners through a creative, mastery-based curriculum

Our curriculum is centred around developing the whole child: from their head, to their heart, to their hand.

Welcome to the Design & Technology corner of our school website!

At East Farleigh Primary School our intent is to engage the head, excite the heart and empower the hand

in all that we do. We intend to deliver outstanding teaching of Design and Technology across all year

groups, to do this we will have topics rich with learning opportunities both practical and mental,

experiences that spark the interest of our pupils and topics that can be cross curricular, therefore able to

embed pupil’s knowledge and skills to a mastery level.

At East Farleigh you will develop knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of practical tasks including:

Food

Textiles

Materials

Construction

Electricals and Electronics

Mechanics

Our Curriculum

At East Farleigh, alongside the National Curriculum, we follow...

Our aims in Design & Technology:

  • Master practical skills - This concept involves developing the skills needed to make high quality products (we have highlighted a range of skills but they may be added to or changed as appropriate for your school).

  • Design, make, evaluate and improve - This concept involves developing the process of design thinking and seeing design as a process.

  • Take inspiration from design throughout history - This concept involves appreciating the design process that has influenced the products we use in everyday life.

Essential skills our young designers will possess:

• Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.

• An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.

• The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.

• The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.

• The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.

• A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.

• The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.

• The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.

• A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

A gallery of young designers!

What you can do at home...

It is extremely important for children to be able to express themselves creatively and be able to explore a range of different styles and techniques in their design work. Allowing your child the space and time to get creative and play with different media and tools will benefit them as designers and creative thinkers.

There are endless activities you can do at home/in your local area, some are:

  • Drawing and designing, use measuring equipment to encourage your child to go more in depth

  • Preparing and cooking food, encourage accurate measuring and use of skills such as grating, peeling, chopping etc.

  • Sewing and joining materials, there are some excellent child-friendly tutorials for sewing and knitting on YouTube

  • Construction and building use blocks; Lego is an excellent and educational toy that everyone loves, children and adults alike!

  • Mechanics toys such as Meccano, K'Nex, wooden train tracks, Mobilo and Stickelbrick

  • Programming computer games and resources like this one on BBC Bitesize

D&T activities can be unstructured or structured depending on the preference of your child. Using recycled and natural resources in design is a fun and free way of getting creative in our every day lives. It is important that children with a love of design/technology are encouraged to build upon their existing talents and explore new ones and that children who may be a little more reluctant are shown that it's OK to go outside their comfort zones in order to have new experiences creatively.

If there are any parents among our community who have a career in a Design or Technology field or have a particular interest or talent then we would love to hear from you! We are always looking for ways to inspire our young designers and show them that the possibilities for their futures are endless. Please contact Miss Vickery if you feel you could help :)