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Lee Chapel Primary School

Design and Technology

 

What is the vision of Design & Technology at Lee Chapel?

 

Intent

Our vision for D&T at Lee Chapel Primary School is to develop creative thinkers and problem solvers, to equip our children with analytical skills and knowledge so that they can identify needs and opportunities. Through D&T at Lee Chapel, children will also experience and develop a wide range of practical skills, ultimately enabling them to make positive changes to their quality of life and prepare them to engage with the world beyond school life. 

 

Implementation

To ensure that high quality Design and Technology lessons are being delivered, the school ensures teachers have strong subject knowledge, experience in building/designing their own product and that the resources required to deliver a broad and engaging curriculum are provided.

 

  • Key Stage 1 & 2 – 5 hours each term (research, planning, creating and evaluating)
  • Foundation Stage colleagues interweave knowledge and understanding of the world into every aspect of their curriculum.
  • Engineering Club – Goblin Car Club (children build a kit go-cart and design and create body work in order to race and compete in an inter-school competition.
  • Primary Engineer Leaders Award – (currently Year 4 & 6) A competition, where children identify a problem (a need or opportunity in the market) and design a product to solve or alleviate it. Their ideas are entered into a national competition, where the winning ideas are implemented, and the products are created. 
  • Primary Engineer Structures with Electronics – A competition that involves designing and building an electronic car and participating in a variety of tasks.   It involves key engineering principles as well as incorporating aesthetic concepts.  

 

Recording of planning and evaluations, as well as a picture of the finished article are a minimum requirement for each product.  Researching can be documented in books if it provides a benefit to the children and their overall product.

 

Impact

Children are passionate about and fully engage with Design and Technology at Lee Chapel.  The products created by the children are of high quality and show a broad range of practical skills being taught.  Progression in the children’s understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices are evidenced in the Topic books through their product planning and evaluative comments as is progression in their evaluative skills.  Staff work together to ensure enthusiasm of children remains high by analysing and improving projects and areas studied.

 

Bianca Smith and Tom Carslake

Design and Technology Subject Leaders