Every human is an artist - Don Miguel Ruiz
Design Technology- DT
Design is not just what it looks like or how it feels. Design is how it works. – Steve Jobs
At Woolpit Design Technology is taught as an integral part of our curriculum, the different areas of DT are embedded and spread out across our overarching themes. DT is taught through a sequential process which starts with researching, exploring, investigating and taking inspiration from designers of machines and mechanisms that fulfil a specific need. Students will look at a designer’s work, background and other information in order to broaden our pupil’s knowledge. We ensure we include designers from a range of backgrounds and cultures in order to expand our pupil’s cultural horizons and appreciation of difference.
The children then have the opportunity to experiment in the design phase of the process. Here they will experience using different materials and think about their purpose and the contribution they will make to the final product.
After this exploratory phase the children will design and create their own chosen products or mechanisms using the new skills and techniques they have been taught, which will follow our progression of skills document. At Woolpit we want the children to show and explore their creativity and expression within their design pieces; so each piece produced is completely individual and unique.
Finally, pupils will have the opportunity to reflect and evaluate the things they have made in order to think about how they could refine and improve the pieces they have created.
DT is completed within the pupil’s sketch books and these follow the children throughout their school life so that they can see how their designs have developed over their time at Woolpit Primary Academy.