Here at All Saints Design Technology is taught through our theme lessons which we block out for the last week of term and the beginning of the next term. We teach Design Technology and Art on a two year cycle - each being taught explicitly 3 times over the two years. This year (2014-15), DT has been covered twice in KS1 for their 'London's Burning' and 'The Seaside' themes; once in LKS2 for their 'Early Britain' theme; and twice in UKS2 for their 'Benin' theme and the local study based on 'Chatham in World War I'.
At the beginning of the school year, Key Stage 1 made bread rolls and tested different fillings as part of their 'London's Burning' theme - luckily they didn't burn the school down! In the final term, the children were taught to sew and made some fabulous felt fish as part of their 'Seaside' theme.
In terms 1 and 2, Lower Key Stage 2 also made bread as part of their 'Early Britain - Caveman to Warrior' theme.
Upper Key Stage 2 created some amazing pulley systems to create drawbridges; similar to those that were used in and around ancient Benin. Before they spent time designing and making, the children had the opportunity to look at and test different materials and their properties and then think of ways they could make their materials stronger. As part of their 'Chatham in WW1' theme they designed and created 'booby traps' using electrical systems, which was taught in a cross-curricular approach with their 'Electricity' unit in Science.
Design Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems - both as individuals and as members of a team. They are taught to look for opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making a range of products. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its used and its effectiveness and are encourages to become innovators.
For more detailed information about how Design Technology is taught at All Saints, click on the link below for the subject policy.