Design and Technology
'Solving real and relevant problems'
Our Design and Technology lead is Mrs Jones-Brooks
“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.”
“Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions.”
Why is Design Technology important at Northfield?
Design and Technology at Northfield aims to inspire children to be innovative and creative thinkers who have the appreciation of the product design process through design, make and evaluate. We want children to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their own and others’ work. We want our children to have an awareness of the impact that Design and Technology has on our lives and encourage children to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.
What does Design Technology look like at Northfield?
At Northfield Primary School, we value Design Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Design and Technology is taught through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding, skills and vocabulary needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. We engage our children through activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products, focussed tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills and then designing and making in which the children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose’. We ensure that the teaching of Design and Technology at Northfield supports the social development of our children through the way we expect them to learn with each other.
What do the children at Northfield think about Design Technology?
''I liked choosing my own materials, I chose nylon to make my cape because its flexible.'' Year 1
''I know how to cook and I know it's important to wash my hands.'' Year 2
''To be hygienic in the kitchen you have got to wash your hands properly and clean everywhere I am cooking.'' Year 2
''I like how we get to taste lots of different food and evaluate them.'' Year 3
''I know how to measure ingredients using cups and tbsp.'' Year 4
''I know that you have to measure accurate or it wont be precise.'' Year 5
''I enjoyed using the hacksaw to cut my wood.'' Year 6
'' Mr Rose taught us how to cut our wood safely using a hacksaw and a bench hook.'' Year 6