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Together we are a family of God, a family of love, a family of learners

Design Technology

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.
                                                                                                                                                                    Pope John Paul II

"He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers - all of them skilled workers and designers"

                                                                                                                         Exodus 35:35

At St Marys we believe that Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of our rapidly changing world. It is an inspiring and practical subject which requires creativity, resourcefulness and imagination. By promoting creative thinking we are encouraging them to make positive changes to their quality of life by allowing them to be life long problem solvers.

 

We want our children to progressively build on their skills and knowledge from Reception through to Year 6 and use the cornerstones curriculum to ensure this.

 

In our KS1 curriculum we :

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Explore and use mechanisms (for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles), in their products.
  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing).
  • Evaluate ideas and products against design criteria.
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In our KS2 curriculum we:

  • Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
  • 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.
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products (for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages).
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.
  • 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.
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing), accurately.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

 

Within Design and Technology we are proud that our children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient all within the safe environment of our school. In all sessions we promote creativity and innovation.

Our Mission and Values

Together we are a family of God, a family of love, a family of learners.

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St Mary's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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