Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School

Design & Technology

'Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into innovation.' Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway

Design and Technology (DT) forms an important part of the curriculum.

We believe Design & Techology education stimulates creativity and imagination through problem solving and the production of quality products. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum themes  where appropriate. 

In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to design purposeful, functional and appealing products that are based on design criteria. They will learn how to join materials.  They will make products by using a wide range of materials and develop the use of tools to cut, shape, join and finish. They will learn to evaluate products and suggest how it could be improved to be stronger, stiffer and more stable. They will learn to cook simple food;  sweet and savoury dishes.  

In Key Stage 2 the children will learn to design purposeful products that are aimed at particular individuals or groups. They will develop their ideas through detailed planning, evaluating product design, observational drawings and making prototypes. They will learn how to use different joining techniques. They will make products and learn how to use a wide variety of tools, equipment, materials and components. They will learn how to include mechanical, electrical and computer control into products. They will learn to design and cook food with an emphasis on savoury dishes.

Innovation

2021 saw the opening of our special purpose Design and Technology workshop. Kitted out with bespoke work benches, specialised tools for hand crafting, textiles machinery and equipment, safety gear and research resources, all children have access to this space for their authentic learning experience. It is also home to the members of the school's DT club. 

Our well resourced Food Tech room supports the 'Food and Nutrition' aspect of the National Curriculum. 

Progression of Design & Technology

The six key principles of Design and Technology are taught progressively within and across all year groups using the Design and Technology Association's scheme of work 'Projects on a Page'. Our long term plan has been carefully structured to ensure children have the opportunity to build on previously learnt skills, delivering on the statements outlined in the Design and Technology Progression Framework. 

 Projects Portfolio (click on each tab to see more)

 Shell Structures

Textiles

Food & Nutrition

Design & Technology Club