The Design and Technology curriculum is creative, coherent and progressive. We aim to deeper children’s knowledge and understanding of key areas that are linked with both the National Curriculum and relevant to our children’s lives. We aim to inspire the designers of the future!
At the Milford Academy, during Design and Technology, each phase develops skills in research, planning, making, technical knowledge and evaluation through a project. Throughout school, skills progress and build and projects link to our wider curriculum, age and stage. We are developing awareness of the purpose and users of our products to generate design criteria. In addition to this, each phase develops knowledge of where food comes from, learns specific cooking techniques and develops an awareness of healthy eating.
Milford Academy is also participating in a Healthy Lifestyles project looking at the impact of Cooking and Nutrition lessons with Suzanne Gomersall Senior Lecturer at N.T.U.
Pupils at Milford begin to develop key design skills as part of their early experience in school. They practice and develop skills, such as, cutting, joining, fastening, selecting materials, testing properties and exploring stable structures. At the Milford Academy we aim to develop skills alongside creativity. Pupils explore, make choices and create structures and simple products based on their own ideas and imagination.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 pupils have developed the skills of creating sliders, levers and wheels. They used these skills to create a moving picture linked to the traditional tales they were reading.
During their ‘Toys’ topic, Key Stage 1 researched moving toys then planned, made and evaluated their own.
KS1 pupils also worked with a chef as part of the Healthy Lifestyles project. There were a lot of skills involved in making bread, including measuring ingredients, mixing and kneading
Key stage 1 also designed and made their own healthy sandwiches and dips. There were lots of design decisions to make: Which type of bread should be used? Has the sandwich got a healthy balance of protein and vegetables? Which herbs should be added to the dip?
Lower Key Sage 2
Year 3 and 4 pupils explored electrical skills in preparation for designing and making a monster themed light for s child’s bedroom. It was important to research themed lights, create circuits, light bulbs and create simple switches before designing our own themed lights. We generated design criteria, deciding that our lights needed to work, switch on and off and have a monster or robot theme. We kept this criteria in mind when evaluating our designs.
During cycle A, Lower Key Stage 2 researched kites, exploring how they fly, why they are important and the function of each part. They then developed design criteria for a successful kite and planned their own design. While making the kites, groups had to consider how to make the structure strong but light. They also considered which parts of the structure needed to be strengthened. Everyone enjoyed evaluating how successful their kites were!
Lower Key Stage 2 are currently growing herbs, such as, basil and mint as well as tomatoes and potatoes. As part of our cooking and nutrition learning, we made bruschetta with the herbs and tomatoes and potato salad, choosing our own herbs. We used a lot of key skills, such as, washing surfaces and food, cutting safely and following and adapting recipes.
Upper Key Stage 2
During the’ Fairgrounds’ topic, pupils developed a range of skills in the areas of researching, planning, communicating, technical skills and evaluation.
During their fabric bag project, Upper Key Stage 2 aimed their design criteria at a target market. They created paper template to develop their plans and designs. To make their bags, pupils used a variety of stitches, fabrics and fastenings. They also refined measuring, cutting and stitching skills. When evaluating their designs, pupils considered the functional and aesthetic qualities of their product.
During the Summer term, cycle A, Upper Key stage 2 explored ‘Global food’. They considered where in the world ingredients come from and considered the benefits of a varied and healthy diet. They used a range of cooking skills to create a salsa, selecting and refining recipes for specific purposes.
Keep developing design skills and creating high quality products. Milford pupils may be the designers of the future!