Design & Technology
Our Curriculum Approach
All children (from EYFS to year 6) will have the opportunity to undertake design and technology throughout their time at Tyndale community School.
In EYFS, Design and Technology is an integral part of projects, relating aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals and Expressive Arts and Design.
In later years, Design Technology activities are taught in a variety of ways. Sometimes in blocks of taught time, as part of a project, or in short skills-based activities where necessary. Design Technology has relevance across the curriculum and links with other subjects throughout the school.
Design Technology is a lead subject in Term 6 for each year groups' project.
As a school, we choose to follow the National Curriculum for Design & Technology.
Purpose of Study
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
Miss Alice McMillan
Miss McMillan joined the Tyndale team in 2018 as a newly qualified teacher. She really enjoys teaching Design & Technology, as it is a great way to experience children using their creativity and imagination to create effective products for the world around them. Miss McMillan is currently working with other members of staff to implement design technology into the termly projects for every year group in order to make the subject as broad and dynamic as possible.