At Brookfield Primary we follow a scheme called KAPOW to support the teaching of Design Technology for pupils in Year 1-6. Pupils in the Foundation Stage develop their DT skills through continuous provision as they follow the EYFS curriculum. Design and Technology at Brookfield Primary School prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.
We recognise the importance of analysing a range of existing products and learning about the designers that have helped shape the world. This is an essential part of understanding the impact of design on the world as well as developing the children’s curiosity and engagement in the subject. It is crucial that we provide our children with a wide range of resources and that we allow them to be responsible for making their own design decisions in order to become successful designers. We see design as a work in progress and therefore our children are given the freedom to adapt their designs as they work towards making functional and quality products.A
At Brookfield, the children will be encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability in order to for them to understand both the positive and negative global impact that design has on the world.
How we teach DT at Brookfield:
During DT lessons we promote life skills such as positive problem solving, teamwork, creativity and independence as the children work through a series of lessons in order to get the best from their design.
DT lessons at Brookfield ensure that as well as learning new skills, the children will also have opportunities to revisit their knowledge and build on their abilities as they progress through the school.
In each product, the children will have the opportunity to:
Analyse and evaluating existing products to fully understand the purpose, function and design criteria.
Explore how the design could be replicated and altered using a range of materials tools and learning new skills.
Design a product by making informed design decisions and recording their ideas, adapting their design where necessary
Make a functional product based on their design, apply new skills and finishing touches to ensure they have made a quality product that functions.
Evaluate their product against the success criteria and think about the strengths and weakness of their design.
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