At SSPP, pupils use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve problems in a range of contexts. They draw on the disciplines of other subjects such as: mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. The importance of failure and perseverance is key in design and they evaluate notable designers and existing products to inspire them to create their own ideas and designs.
Characteristics of a Designer
- Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
- An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
- The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
- The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
- The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
- A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
- The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
- The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
- A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
At SS Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School, in Design and Technology we aim to offer opportunities for children to:
- Develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making.
- Enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas.
- Encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
- Explore attitudes towards the man-made world and how we live and work within it.
- Develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society.
- Foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
- Understand and apply the principles of a healthy diet.
- Understand where food comes from and the issues of seasonality.