Design & Technology

D&T Curriculum Intent

At Hexham First School we want Design and Technology to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Children are encouraged to design, make and evaluate products to solve real and relevant problems.  We want  pupils to learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

D&T Curriculum Implementation

We follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology, ensuring that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

D&T Impact

Children at Hexham First are creative and inventive.  They undertake model making in KS1 and 2 and design, make and evaluate their products.  Through their project work, our children are presented with real life problems to be solved, things to be designed, made and tested. Children are taught how to plan an idea and how to use tools and equipment safely. Children work with a wide variety of material and are introduced to simple technological skills. Design activities give the children the experience of practical work and widen their perspective of the world around them.  Our D&T work is often cross curricular, for example children use their Design and Technology skills as they think about  Materials  or Healthy Eating in Science or creating a card with a moving part in Art.   Using D&T in this cross curricular way ensures that it has a real relevance to their learning and helps them become more creative problem solvers.