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Design and Technology at London Fields

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject at London Fields. The curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to use their creativity and imagination, 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.

Over the course of an academic year, pupils experience three DT weeks. During these weeks, carefully planned units of learning allow the pupils to acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Exciting design briefs are given to the pupils to provide them with opportunities to learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.   

The pupils begin all design projects by gathering background research and are taught how to effectively evaluate past and present design and technology and develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. They also learn the importance of the target audience and the relevance of market research. The pupils learn how to write design specifications, developing their ability to plan for products that are fit for purpose. This may include visiting local businesses and design firms to support and influence their designing stage. 

We are fortunate at London Fields that the subject is well funded and therefore well-resourced allowing opportunities for the pupils to make end products from selecting and using a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks. Pupils complete focused practical tasks before they make their final product to help develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to design and make high-quality prototypes. Pupils are also able to select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities. Throughout the design and making process, the pupils learn how to develop their ability to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. They do this through regular formal and informal self and peer assessment opportunities.  

The teachers at London Fields are skilled and knowledgeable in this subject area and are effective in transferring their knowledge, in creative and engaging ways, to develop pupils’ technical knowledge. This can span from learning how mechanical systems such as gears, pulleys, cams and levers function to preparing and cooking a variety of seasonal dishes using a range of cooking techniques.   

The pupils at London Fields are very proud of their Design and Technology learning. The pupils attain high levels and make good progress throughout their time here. After every Design and Technology week, the pupils’ learning is shared via the school website, assemblies, articles in the school newsletter, after school galleries or even food market stalls!

 

Our Design and Technology Vocabulary

At London Fields, we know that a good understanding of a wide range of vocabulary supports success across the whole national curriculum. We have identified ‘core’ words that the children will meet in different subjects and in different topics. These words will be revisited and taught in different contexts so that the children develop a deep understanding of their meaning and they become tools with which children can access the knowledge, skills and understanding the curriculum demands.  Obviously, these are not the only words we will teach. But they will form a backbone through our curriculum to help to scaffold and develop the children’s learning.