At Tennyson Road, Design and Technology is a subject which encourages our students to feel inspired and become innovators. At the beginning of each project, authentic products are introduced and shared with the class. The element of accessing existing design is fundamental in understanding the purpose behind an item, as well as identifying how it has been made from a design perspective.
Through enabling opportunities for discussion around products they are familiar with, pupils are able to engage with the world around them. It is through their careful observations and research, that pupils are integrated into the cycle of product design; extending to the making and evaluating aspects using their learned knowledge. Through this subject, pupils are provided with a vast array of experiences including mechanisms, textiles and polymer clay. Eco-friendly upcycling projects are also introduced, in order to encourage and spur on innovative thinking.
Progression of Skill
As our pupils journey through Tennyson Road, they progressively build upon their technical skills. Key Stage 1 focuses on introducing existing concepts and materials, whilst teaching the safe use of some tools and resources. The projects are very practical at this stage and are delivered through the cycle of designing, making and evaluating. During Key Stage 2, we continue to build upon practical skills, however we begin to delve deeper into our understanding of existing products, using these to inform our own design decisions, before developing prototypes. Upper Key Stage 2 then extends this further, through encouraging market research, testing and refining their designs.
Cooking is an integral aspect of the Design & Technology curriculum. All of our teachers at Tennyson Road have undergone certified training in Food and Hygiene, underpinning a safe environment during food aspects of learning. We ensure our students are provided with cooking experiences in every year group, continually sharing understanding of hygiene, nutritional value and healthy balanced meals. We are also very proud to have hosted our very own Bake-Off Week, where outcomes ranged from savoury to healthy treats.
With a great bank of resources and imagination in abundance, Design & Technology is much loved by our pupils!