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Design Technology

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Design Technology curriculum vision

Design and Technology at Bowesfield Primary School

Design and Technology encourages children to work creatively and imaginatively drawing on a range of subjects. Through the processes of planning, making and evaluating, they learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens (linking to our design and technology vision).

Here at Bowesfield to support the teaching and learning in Design and Technology, the curriculum is based on ‘projects on a page’ – a scheme of work from the Design and Technology Association. This scheme builds on prior learning and builds upon skills previously taught (see chart below)

When learning about food and nutrition, children will be given the opportunity to learn about Article 24 – every child has the right to the best possible health including nutritious food and Global Goals 2 – No Hunger.

 

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Autumn Mechanisms

Sliders and levers

  Mechanisms

Levers and linkages

Electrical Systems

Simple circuit and switches

Food

Celebrating culture and seasonality

Electrical Systems

More complex switches and circuits

Spring Food

Preparing fruit and vegetables

Mechanisms

Wheels and axles

Food

Healthy and varied diet

  Structures

Structures

Mechanisms

Mechanical systems – pulleys and gears

Summer Structures

Free standing structures

Textiles

Templates and joining

Textiles

2D and 3D products

Structures

Shell structures

Textiles

Combining fabric shapes

 

Design and Technology at home

Design and Technology in the Work Place

Bowesfield Wall of Fame

Meet Simon Ashton BEng (Hons) MAPM – Project Manager at Primetals Technologies.

I joined Primetals Technologies as a 16-year-old Modern Apprentice in September 2003. Starting my career in the field of Engineering, I progressed through the ranks to Principal Engineer, gaining valuable project experience and academic qualifications including a Mechanical Engineering degree.

As I gained experienced, I was exposed to more complex projects with added responsibilities. This ranged from leading a team of engineers to execute small work packages, to being the deputy site manager on a £20 million pound turn-key project.

Design and Technology at Bowesfield Primary School

During my time at Bowesfield Primary School, I was first introduced to Mechanical Engineering through designing and building a simple electric propeller car to race against other pupils in a competition. Using cardboard, bottle caps and dowel rods alongside a plastic propeller, DC motor and AA batteries, I learnt how to create an electrical circuit and understand how aerodynamic designs and material choices can affect performance. Undertaking activities such as this, and solving engineering problems such as building bridge structures from paper straws to hold a weight, has contributed towards me choosing a career path in Engineering, and ultimately Project Management.