Design and Technology Parent Guide 2021

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Booklet Design Technology Subject Lead: Miss Cunningham

Parent Information

In this booklet, Design and Technology will be referred to as DT.

Your child will probably know the subject as DT. How DT is taught in Early Years How DT is taught across KS1 and KS2 How is your child assessed in DT? How can I support DT at home? The planning, teaching and assessment of Design and Technology (DT) across St Pius X is the responsibility of the individual class teacher. Design and Technology (DT) is monitored by Miss Cunningham.

In this booklet, Design and Technology will be referred to as DT.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Design and Technology (DT) is

taught through different topics. This gives children inspiration and background for their DT. DT is taught through Expressive Arts and Design. This allows children to experience a wide range of materials and resources. At St Pius X, Design and Technology is taught through different topics. This gives children inspiration and background for their DT. In KS1 and KS2, children are formally introduced to the plan, design, make and evaluate process.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Design and Technology (DT) is

Children of all ages often find it difficult to

understand the difference between Art and Design and DT. With DT, children plan and design products that solve real life problems and have a real life purpose. They then make the product applying their understanding from a range of subject such as maths, science, computing and art. Finally, they evaluate their product against their original plan and purpose. Another essential part of DT is understanding nutrition, healthy eating and begin to learn how to cook. Assessment takes place in every lesson to make sure children have the skills and knowledge needed. This assessment is completed through Curriculum Maestro in line with other foundation subjects at St Pius X. Children’s work for DT is completed in both their Art and Design sketchbook and Learning Projects book. Their Art and Design sketchbook is used for any designing and drawing of plans or prototypes. In the Learning Projects, there will be evidence of the making and evaluation process.

Children of all ages often find it difficult to

At the start of every halfterm, all children are given a homework grid based on their topic.

These homework grids help children develop their thinking towards a range of subjects, including science and technology (which includes science, DT and eco issues) and gives them many different options to try. See example below. Additional Activities to Complete at Home… It’s never too early to get children involved in the cooking and baking process. Children of all ages can get involved in the planning and making of some tasty meals. It doesn’t always have to be cakes and treats, you can even make savoury items. For Design and Technology to be completed correctly, children need to take part in the plan, make and evaluate process, otherwise it will just be art. To remember if it is art or DT – does it have a purpose? If it does, it’s DT. If not, it’s Art. As always, thank you for all your support regarding Design and Technology at St Pius X and especially all home learning. We look forward to seeing even more home learning in the future.

At the start of every halfterm, all children are given a homework grid based on their topic.



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