The design and technology curriculum at Wavendon Gate School seeks to ensure that children across the school are educated on the vital skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional, appealing and purposeful products. We aim to inspire the next generation to be excited and involved in the modern, changing environment we live in. By doing this, children will able to be fully functioning members of our modernising society. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.
Design and Technology education involves two important elements. Firstly, learning about the designed and made world and how things work through mechanisms such as levers, pulleys and cams. Secondly, learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users. Children in KS1 will design functional products for themselves, whereas, KS2 will consider the needs and wants of other users. Children of all year groups will then design, make and evaluate each project. This cycle is crucial and allows for progression to continuously take place with the children advancing their skills and key vocabulary in each project building year on year. Within this curriculum design, children will learn about aspirational individuals who have shaped design and technology such as chefs and engineers. As the children begin their design and technology journey, they will work in contexts such as the home, school, playgrounds and gardens. This will then progress to KS2 children working in these contexts as well as products for leisure, industry and the wider environment.
Our curriculum is purposefully progressive with the aim to continuously inspire and motivate children and create a love for the importance of design and technology in today’s society. We are deliberately passionate in our teaching of design and technology in order to give every child the best possible experience in learning the vital skills for potential careers in design and technology.