Subject Leader: Mrs Sadler
Contact Email: UpperKS2@pennoweth.cornwall.sch.uk
‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’
— Steve Jobs —
At Pennoweth, we believe that Design Technology inspires children to learn to think creatively to solve problems. We encourage children to use their imagination to design and make products in response to real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, taking into account their own and others’ needs and wants.
Our curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, enables children to progressively develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary, which are transferable to other areas of the curriculum. Through a well-planned and well-resourced curriculum, we develop children’s creativity, and promote their interest, understanding, risk-taking and effective evaluating skills through all aspects of design.
Design Technology at Pennoweth is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Cross curricular outcomes in Design Technology are specifically planned for, with appropriate links between the subject itself, and English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art lessons identified, planned for and utilised.
Design and Technology in Years 5 and 6
As part of their project, 'Allotment', Years 5 and 6 have designed and made a structure to support peas they are growing in class.
They researched plant supports and why climbing plants need this. They looked at what is currently available to buy. Years 5 and 6 worked in teams to plan and design their own structures. They followed their design plans and made their structures, then planted the seeds. Using their scientific knowledge of plants, Years 5 and 6 considered the best conditions to help a plant grow, and placed their structures in their classrooms, where they watered them, provided light and monitored the growth.
As part of the design process, Years 5 and 6 evaluated their structures. They looked at what went well, what challenges they faced during the process, how they overcame these challenges, and whether they would change anything in the future.
Please do take a look. What do you think?
Design Technology in Years 3 and 4
As part of their learning in Design Technology and their 'Mighty Metals' project, Years 3 and 4 designed and made magnetic board games, including spinners.
The Design Process - Spinners
The children had to consider the design of their spinner, making sure that the shape they chose allowed the spinner to spin!
Evaluating A Product
Based on the design criteria they established at the start, the spinners and games produced were evaluated, with consideration given to how the designs could be improved.
Design Technology in Years 1 and 2
For their project, 'Moon Zoom', Years 1 and 2 researched, designed and made space buggies, using their knew learning of chassis, suspension and axles.
Please take a look at the process, from research and design to making a finished product, below.
What do the children think about Design and Technology?
"I found out that triangles are a strong and sturdy shape. The frame is a triangular based prism which gives it a strong base."
"I really enjoyed DT, the part where we worked as a team to plant the seeds. My structure needed to be tall because the saplings can grow tall."
"I liked making spinners in DT. It was hard at first but then they spun well. I had to think about the shape of the spinner. It was fun!"
"I liked making my parachute and watching it float. My parachute stayed in the air the longest."
"I have loved learning about space buggies. I never knew that people used them on the moon. I liked learning about the chassis and axles and how wheels move."
"We learnt about buggies and they have axles to hold the wheels in place."