Design & Technology

Rainbow Forge Academy understands that D&T allows pupils to solve problems, think creatively and develop ideas. D&T offers pupils a chance to use creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. The school is committed to nurturing pupils’ curiosity and creativity, as well as preparing them for living in a modern world where technology is rapidly changing and advancing.

In teaching D&T, we aim to help pupils:

  • Develop their design and making skills via textiles ,mechanical systems, electrical systems, structures ,graphic design and food & nutrition,
  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of design and technologies.
  • Use a wide range of tools and materials.
  • Learn about working safely and protective measures.
  • Work individually and collaborate with other pupils in a variety of contexts.
  • Develop the capability to create products of a high standard through skills and understanding.
  • Evaluate products, made by themselves, their peer groups and companies.
  • Explore the man-made world and encourage discussion of how we live and work within it e.g farming ,local businesses and designers
  • Develop an interest in and understanding of technological processes and the role of manufacturing in society.
  • Learn the principles of nutrition, healthy eating and how to cook.

Years 1 to 6 –

  • Through Years 1 to 6 children are taught DT through the ‘Kapow’ resources.
  • Each project is to design and make something for somebody and has some purpose.
  • Each project follows the process of investigating, designing, making and evaluating a product.
  • Each year group will complete 2-3 mini projects.
  • Technical vocabulary is used by teachers and children with a clear understand of the meaning of those words.
  • Children are taught about hazards, risks and controls, which may be encountered when using tools, equipment and materials. Assessment of risk is made before and during lessons by the adults taking the lesson and children are encouraged to manage their environment to ensure health and safety to themselves and others.
  • DT is recorded using a pupil booklet. This is passed up from year group to year group within a folder. The booklets will consist of the key vocabulary and technical knowledge, design brief, ‘think about’ questions, user and purpose, materials and tools used, annotated designs, reflection questions and a final photograph of end product. Children are encouraged to assess and evaluate their own work at the end of each unit in the ‘evaluation against design criteria’ grid.
  • Progress and achievement in Design & Technology is entered termly into DCPro assessments.

Design & Technology Progression Map

Art & DT overview

Year 1 & 2 racing the cars that they designed and made

Medium Term Plans (2023/24 Cycle B)

Y1/2 Cycle A

Y3/4 Cycle A

Y5/6 Cycle B

Y1/2 Cycle B

Y3/4 Cycle B

Y5/6 Cycle B

Learning Journeys

Knowledge Organisers