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Supporting your child with Design and Technology at home

You may be wondering how best to help your child at home with developing their skills further, so I hope you will find the following information useful. I have put together some websites with useful clips of how to develop the skills at each key stage. At Westglade, the content of our Design and Technology curriculum is taken from the 2014 National curriculum for Primary schools in England.

 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment].

 

This is the Design and Technology overview for both Key Stage 1 and 2:

Key Stage 1

Design

- design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

Make

- select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]

- select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Evaluate

- explore and evaluate a range of existing products

- evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

- build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

- explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

Cooking and nutrition

- use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes

- understand where food comes from.

Key Stage 2

Design

- use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups

- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Make

- select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately

- 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

Evaluate

- investigate and analyse a range of existing products

- evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

- understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

- apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

- understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]

- understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]

- apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their prod

Cooking and nutrition

- understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet

- prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques

- understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

 

Making masks | Design and Technology - I Want to Design

Michelle Ackerley gives some simple step-by-step instructions of how to make a face mask.

Making a paper collage | Design and Technology - I Want to Design

A demonstration of a simple way to make an artistic collage using printed black and white pictures.

Making a design box | Design and Technology - I Want to Design

A look at how craft and design tools can be organised into a design box for art projects.

Drawing a 3D room plan | Design and Technology - I Want to Design

Becci Sharkey demonstrates how to draw a 3D room plan and an overhead floor plan, using the example of a bedroom with simple furniture.

Fish and chips | Design and Technology - The Secret Life of our Favourite Dishes

Practical cooking demonstrations and commentary explains the science and history of where each ingredient for a traditional fish and chip meal comes from.

How to create an eco-friendly water wheel | Design and Technology - The Dengineers

The engineers team demonstrate how to create a water-recycling water wheel.

Design and Technology (D&T) | KS2 | Axles | BBC Teach

This video is an ideal introduction to the essential features of a vehicle and how these are designed and tailored for different types of vehicles.

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