Subject Vision Statement
“Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.”
Scott Adams, Comic Strip Creator
“I really believe in the idea of the future.”
Zaha Hadid, Architect
At St. Ignatius Catholic Primary School, the Design Technology Curriculum is designed to empower children so that they become responsible for their own learning through:
- Enjoying their learning
- Having a go
- Developing their concentration
- Fostering a 'Don’t Give Up' attitude
- Co-operating with others
- Using their imagination
- Being curious
- Evaluating, comparing and improving their work.
The Design Technology Curriculum is planned to be cross curricular, linking with RE, English, History, Geography, Maths and Science. Topics are taught through several strands:
- Developing, planning and communicating ideas.
- Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products (including food).
- Evaluating processes and products.
Ideas are developed by using first hand observations, brainstorming and collaboration. Children are encouraged to question, evaluate and identify criteria that can be used for their own designs. As they progress they are responsible for planning the order of their work, choosing appropriate materials, tools and techniques.
Children use various processes to construct their designs:
measuring and weighing, marking, cutting, shaping, joining, sewing.
Children evaluate their products against their original designs and identify strengths and areas to how they can improve their ideas for the future.
You can find lots of inspirational ideas on the STEM website, including a PowerPoint and booklets, at: