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Design and Technology

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. 

But of course, if you look deeper, it’s really how it works.” 

?Steve Jobs 


“Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions.” 

John Maeda 


Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.  

It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life.  

It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems.  

 Through the study of Design and Technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts.  

Design and Technology helps all children to become?astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators. 


It is the intent of Ivy Bank for Design and Technology to taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term, which includes one topic relating to food. Across the school, we also raise the profile of Design and Technology through our enrichment events such as fundraisers and enterprise week.  It is the intent that the knowledge and skills of this curriculum are progressive thereby building on previous learning.  



The teaching of Design and Technology follows the National Curriculum and EYFS Development Matters. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. In line with the needs of our pupils at Ivy Bank Primary we are prioritising 'Food technology' due to the national risks of obesitity across the UK,it  is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.  Other units of Design and technology; Electricity(KS2 only),Textiles, structures and mechanisums are to be implemented every other year to ensure there is a progression of skills, knowledge and vocabulary throughout the school.  

Also, through Design and Technology, there are many approaches and attitudes to learning which have links to British Values and SMSC which can be promoted and this is something as a school we are working to develop.  


Rule of Law 


In Design and Technology children develop an understanding of the importance of safety rules when using tools and accept that if these rules are not followed that there are consequences. 

Individual Liberty 


Design and Technology encourages the children to understand that they are to listen to others but can also use their own ideas and design choices when making their products. Children also learn to accept that the ideas of others may not be the same as their own but are equally valid. 



During Design and Technology children are to take the views and opinions into account but still have the right to make their own choices. To take turns both in speech and practically with others. To understand that it is not always possible or right to have their own way and understand the value of compromise.  

Mutual Respect 


To listen to and consider the ideas and opinions of others even if they differ from our own. To be able to take turns during discussions, resolve difficulties or make decisions. Design and Technology also promotes the opportunity to offer supportive comments in evaluations that will improve learning outcomes in a way that is thoughtful and kind. 



Through Design and Technology, the children learn to appreciate the ideas of others that are different to their own and that many great design ideas originate from other cultures. 





Spiritual development is very important in Design and Technology as the process of creative thinking and problem solving lies at the heart of this subject. Thinking creatively also develops a child’s ability to be innovative and inspirational to others and increases their own self-confidence and belief in their own abilities. 



During the planning and making process pupils are encouraged to consider the moral and ethical issues that can arise. For example, the safety of the product made for the consumer and the environmental impact of materials used. 



Design and Technology lessons aim to provide a range of opportunities for social interactions. This includes opportunities to work collaboratively and co-operatively in groups and take turns to share resources as well as developing the ability to compromise. Opportunities to peer evaluate each other’s work and offer support to peers in the progression of their work. 



Design and Technology often presents opportunities to develop a wider cultural awareness about our past heritage and cultures and the heritage and cultures of others. These can be explored through the stimulus of foods, textiles, pottery and sculptures from different cultures and periods of time. 



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Ivy Bank Primary School

Valley Road Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8PB

Mrs Sarah Gill | Headteacher

01625 448014