At Parkside, our vision for design and technology is to enable every child with a comprehensive understanding and ability to think intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and members of a team. At Parkside we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design, make products. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon design and technology its uses and effectiveness whilst being encouraged to take risks and innovate.
Key stage one and key stage two are taught through a variety of key concepts which come from the foundation built upon in the EYFS on a two-year rolling cycle. This cycle is planned following the Rosenshine principles by the subject leader. This promotes progression and an understanding of the whole child’s geography journey.
The skills are built up within the cycle of research, design, make and evaluate.
Research: the children start by looking at a significant person within that field and their invention and how it influences the child.
Design: the children are given a design aim which they link and discuss to create their own design
Make: they then use this to make their own product every term.
Evaluate: finally, they evaluate their product based on their aim and then market their product to the target audience.
For cohesion these four areas are taught throughout five knowledge and skills rich concepts.
Mechanisms: products that have motion and the ability to move which have specific input and output.
Food and Nutrition: nutrition is the study and process of how the body uses food to carry out and maintain its healthy function.
Textiles: the designing, both on paper and electronically, leading to the making of garments of clothes
Structures: the arrangement of relationship of two or more parts.
Electronics: the design of circuits and their uses within a range of products.
Parkside children will have a critical understanding of Design and Technology on daily life and the wider world. Children will become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens whom can make an essential contribution to the community.