Our approach to DT

The DT curriculum at Chesterton encourages children to be creative, innovative and take risks as they become designers and makers of purposeful products.  Our children develop into confident designers because we provide focused and achievable projects that allow them to flourish.

Our selection of projects brings learning to life in an engaging and fun manner whether it is in construction, mechanism, textiles, electrical control or cooking. We challenge pupils to use skills across the curriculum, such as maths, science, computing, and literacy and apply them in a real-life context which makes the learning meaningful, memorable and relevant.

We develop curiosity in our children by giving them opportunities to evaluate a range of existing products as well as learn about some of the great designers that helped shape the world that we live in.

Our children are given autonomy over their designs as they are responsible for selecting from a wide variety of materials while they design quality products safely.  To encourage our children to take risks we ensure they develop skills in problem solving as well as giving them the freedom to adapt their designs along the way, if necessary. They will be encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability in order to for them to understand both the positive and negative global impacts of the design world.

How we teach DT

During DT lessons we promote skills such as positive problem solving, teamwork, creativity and independence as the children work through a series of lessons in order to get the best from their design.

DT lessons at Chesterton ensure that as well as learning new skills, the children will also have opportunities to revisit their knowledge and build on their abilities as they progress through the school. 

Products are created through the lessons being presented in in the following series:

Develop: Children are introduced to a design and are given the opportunity to evaluate its purpose, function and success

Explore: Children are given the opportunity to explore a design in more depth looking at the function of the components. Children will explore materials used to create the design and look into how the design could be replicated or altered.

Design: Children will become designers themselves by selecting the materials and equipment they need to make a product, recording their ideas along the way. They will think about the function, purpose and intended user, all of which will influence their design

Technique: The children will then learn and apply skills and techniques need to use to ensure their design is successful

Make: Children will use their design to make a product with the intended user in mind.

Evaluate: Finally children will have the chance to reflect on the success of their design.

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