Design and Technology at The Grove
Welcome to our design and technology page.
Aim - Why do we teach DT?
At the Grove, design and technology has a key part to play in our cross-curricular approach to learning and draws on a variety of curriculum areas such as science, computing, maths, art and engineering. Design and technology is taught throughout the year and children will leave the Grove being able to inventively think outside the box and use their ingenuity to creatively solve real world problems.
Design and technology is often brought to life through taking part in national competitions. The children love a challenge. Designing, making, testing, evaluating and improving their products for a real competition or situation results in some fantastic creations.
Children’s skills are developed through creativity where they design, make and evaluate products to solve real and relevant problems. They have to take the context into consideration as well as the wants and needs of themselves and others, often drawing on inspiration from famous inventors. Children explore a variety of techniques and skills, from making structures stronger to using mechanisms, such as levers and sliders. They investigate and analyse existing products to make prototypes and then consider improvements to their designs before making their own final creations.
Cooking and nutrition is also an important part of design and technology and as a result, cooking is frequently part of our learning. This is often weekly as well as part of special ‘topic’ days. The children learn about a balanced diet and making healthy lifestyle choices, resulting in strong cross-curricular links with PE. Children are taught key food technology skills, from making cupcakes to whipping up a roux to make a sauce, building up life skills ready for when they leave the Grove and later on in life.
Many aspects of design technology can be found in the Mini and Junior Duke Awards which the children at the Grove participate in. The children complete challenges to build independence and life skills preparing them for life after school.
Intent - What do we teach in DT?
We follow the National Curriculum. We teach many topics in connection with national and local competitions. Our topics and progression of skills can be found in detail in the document below.
Design and Technology Themed Week – We Are Inventors!
During our Design and Technology Themed Week, each Key Stage thought about inventions and inventors. Most of the classes looked at Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions for inspiration before creating their own helpful inventions.
After gathering ideas and determining success criteria, designs were drawn up and finalised. In some cases, prototypes were made, which resulted in designs being adjusted and improved. The children had to select their own resources, that best suited the function of their invention, and independently create their product. Once the inventions were complete, the children evaluated their products and thought about how they could be improved. The Year 3/4 classes had to face the ‘Dragons Den’ to try and sell their inventions to their classmates.
Year 5 and 6 teamed up and had to create some pulley-based inventions to transport tomatoes. The children’s inventions had to transport tomatoes from the garden terrace down to the playground as quick as possible and without losing any of the tomatoes. The inventions were very successful, with only a few of the tomatoes escaping across the playground!