Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School

Design Technology

At Ashurst Wood Primary School we believe that children learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process.  Design Technology, by its very nature, is a 'hands on' subject.  Within Design Technology a variety of materials and methods are used, including construction equipment, plastics, wood, food, fabrics and mechanical components.  We encourage the children to use their imagination and skill to create innovative products and systems.  In this subject the children go on a journey of investigating, designing, making, modifying and evaluating.  It provides unique opportunities for the children to work independently and with others to solve problems set by themselves or the teacher.  In this way children gain an understanding of what it is to design a product, what technology is and how it can be used in their world.

 

Our teachers' role is to help the children with their 'knowledge and understanding' of solutions already available in the world around them and how these are manufactured/work practically.  They support the children to 'generate and further develop their ideas' working towards 'planning the build and identifying the material requirements' culminating in 'making the products' and 'evaluating' them.  Our children communicate design ideas in different way as these develop, bearing in mind aesthetic qualities and the uses and purposes for which the product is intended.

 

We encourage the children to:

 

  • explore suitable materials and how to use them
  • select appropriate tools and techniques for making their product
  • measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials and assemble, join and combine components and materials accurately
  • follow safe procedures for food safety and hygiene.

 

Projects will take place throughout the year and where possible will be linked to the topics being studied in each year group.

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