Design & Technology (D.T.)

Design and Technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.” – James Dyson

At Millfields Primary School, children receive a design and technology curriculum which inspires them and allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills are taught progressively, through each year group, to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school.

Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, which is a key skill that they will need throughout their life. Design & Technology (DT) allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly maths, science and art. Children’s interests are captured through cross curricular links, giving them motivation and meaning for their learning. Children will also learn basic cooking skills.

Our whole curriculum is shaped to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by clear progression of skills and knowledge. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

All teaching of DT follows the design, make and evaluate cycle and each stage is rooted in technical knowledge. The design process is rooted in real life and relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making and creating, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary.

The key skills we teach the children are: 
- Food
- Materials
- Textiles
- Electricals and Electronic
- Computing
- Construction
- Mechanics

Design & Technology (D.T.) Leader - Miss Lorraine Huckle

Design & Technology (D.T.) Link Governor - Mr Dave Roscoe

Part of the STEM team.