At King’s Hedges Educational Federation, we strive to give Design Technology (DT) a purpose by making something (product) for someone (user) for some purpose. Pupils are taught that everything has been designed and made by somebody, and so we look at real-life examples of designers, chefs, engineers and technologists to inspire them and give them a reason for their learning and product-making. As much and wherever possible, we try to make cross-curricular links, including ICT, to provide a more rounded and purposeful curriculum. There is one DT-based topic carried out in every year group per term so that pupils can experience and develop range of skills, which are developed year on year. These skills are based on:
Food, such as how to prepare fruit and vegetable, different food groups, what a healthy plate of food looks like, seasonality, where food comes from and celebrating culture and foods from around the world.
Mechanisms, such as how to create and use sliders and levers, and experiment with different types of wheels and axels to use in our designs and products.
Structures, such as how to create free-standing structures with different materials, shell structures like nets for packaging using computer-aided design and frame structures for supporting heavy weights.
Textiles, such how to create templates and patterns, use different methods to join fabrics together and expand on sewing abilities to combine various 2D fabric shapes to create a 3D product.
Electrical systems using a range of simple circuits and switches, then advancing to using more complex circuits and switches.
Mechanical systems using levers and linkages to create moving products and using pulleys and gears to help us learn about ratios in Maths.
Please click the links below to see examples of the children's work.