Design and Technology

At HA design technology is taught through cross curricular topics using the International Primary Curriculum where appropriate, for example designing T-shirts as part of a fashion topic in Year 4 and creating moving microbes as part of a science topic in Year 2.

The new National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users critique
  • evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Design and technology units are planned using the International Primary Curriculum to ensure a progressive build up of skills across the school and a broad and rich range of topics.
For more detail on design and technology topics taught, please see our Year Group Curriculum maps.

Community Links
At HA we take children into their community or invite members of the community into school in order to bring their learning alive and allow experts to be involved in their learning. In design and technology the children have visited a hat designer and have put on a fashion show for the school community to showcase and celebrate their creations.

Outdoor Learning
Outdoor learning plays a vital role in all areas of our curriculum. In design technology, the outdoors may be used to provide inspiration for design and technology projects or as a space to carry out project such as constructing a bee hotel. 

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