Design and Technology (DT)
Our vision for Malpas Alport School is one of high standards, achieved through the creative aspects of the curriculum. The design and technology curriculum at Malpas Alport Primary prepares our children to be confident to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world in a creative way. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers – both as individuals and as part of a team. Design and technology at Malpas Alport enables our children to identify the needs and opportunities offered by a product and to respond by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.
Our approach at Malpas Alport enthuses the children and leads to really exciting design and technology opportunities within the overall topic-based approach. Children are encouraged to value, appraise and evaluate work of their own, their peers and work of famous designers. As pupils progress, this helps them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of design and technology. Through the study and the evaluation of past and present design and technology, our children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
The design and technology curriculum is structured into three main strands as derived from the National curriculum and within each strand children plan and design, make and evaluate whilst using the correct terminology and having a greater technical knowledge which is built upon each year. The three strands are;
1- Materials and textiles
2- Food and nutrition
3- Structures, constructions and mechanisms including electricity and technology
A unit of planning from each of the strands is in place for each year group which builds on previous learning and ensures progression in both skills and knowledge and understanding throughout the school. Our children are inspired to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We encourage children to take risks and to be resourceful in their experiences and learning in Design and technology, which helps them become more resourceful and innovative.