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Aims and Purposes

Design Technology at Hankham School provides children with opportunities to: v     develop their designing and making skills

v     develop knowledge and understanding

v     develop their capacity to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding

v     nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making

v     explore values about, and attitudes to, the made world and how we live and work within it

v     develop an understanding of technological processes, products,  their manufacture, and contribution to society



 Children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of:


v     health and safety

v     materials and components

v     mechanisms and control systems

v     structures

v     existing products

v     quality

v     food management

v     local business and industry


The Scheme of Work  will require the children to:


v     develop designing skills, including generating and developing ideas, clarifying a task, creating design proposals, communicating ideas, planning and evaluating.

v     acquire and refine the practical skills associated with making, including working with materials and components, tools and processes, e.g. planning, measuring and marking out, cutting and shaping, joining and combining, finishing, and evaluating

v     apply scientific skills, e.g. predicting and fair testing – (See Science policy)

v     apply mathematical skills, e.g. measuring to an appropriate number of decimal places – (See Maths policy)

v   apply IT skills, e.g. making things happen by the use of control – (See I.T. policy)

v     apply art skills, e.g. investigating texture and colour, or recording visual information – (See Art Policy)


 Design and Technology at Hankham School reflects the school's values and beliefs.

 The children will:  

v     work both independently and with others, listening to others' ideas and treating these with respect

v     be creative, flexible and show perseverance

v     critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others

v     develop a respect for the environment, recycling where appropriate, and for their own health and safety, and that of others

v     understand that unnecessary waste is uneconomic and environmentally unacceptable

v     recognise the strengths and limitations of a range of technologies and appreciate which are appropriate for particular situations

v     develop their cultural awareness and understanding, and appreciate the value of differences and similarities

v     develop an understanding that all people are equal regardless of age, race, gender or ability and that there needs to be alternative solutions to meet the needs of individuals and groups of people

v     find enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose through designing and making

v     apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, environmental, moral, scientific and technical nature




By the end of KS1, most children will be able to:


v     use a range of materials to design and make simple products

v     select materials, tools and techniques and explain their choices

v     understand simple mechanisms and structures

v     measure, assemble, join and combine materials in a variety of ways using basic tools safely

v     investigate and evaluate simple products, commenting on the main features

v     prepare and evaluate  food


By the end of KS2, most children will be able to:


v     use knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, components and techniques to design and make quality products, including food products

v     evaluate work as it develops and, if necessary, suggest alternatives

v     produce designs and plans which list the stages involved in making a product, and list tools and materials used

v     accurately measure, mark, cut, join and combine a variety of materials, working safely and recognising hazards to themselves and others

v     understand the use of electrical and mechanical systems and more complex structures

v     evaluate what is or is not working well in a product


Scheme of Work


The QCA DT units are used, supported by the units from the Nuffield DT scheme.


Links with other areas of the curriculum


Examples of links are provided in each unit


Index for Inclusion


In the writing of this policy, the index for inclusion has been considered to ensure equal opportunities for all children.  Throughout the year there will be opportunities at local and national level for children considered Gifted and Talented. E.g. ' Eastbourne in Bloom' and 'The Young Engineers' Challenge'.

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