Design & Technology
At Bourn Primary Academy, we aim to inspire our pupils to think creatively about how to solve real-life and relevant problems by creating functional products. Pupils are taught that D&T is about making something (a product) for someone (a user) for a particular purpose (a reason) to suit real people’s needs and wants. This is done through exploring and evaluating a range of existing products, such as purses, torches and types of bread.
D&T is taught in a dedicated D&T Week each term. This enables children to become immersed in the process of designing and making and ensures that enough time is allocated for the process to be meaningful and successful.
Children’s designing, making and evaluating skills are developed year-on-year so that their products are of increasingly high-quality. They will draw on previous models from the past and present, as well as look at key individuals from the past and present who have made major contribution to the technology we have and use today. They should be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products, as well as those of their peers, to ensure that they are being the best they can be.
Designing and making products is an area where trial and error, persistence, a willingness to make mistakes and learn from them and a growth mindset are vital. Our aim is that children leave this school with a passion and enthusiasm for finding out how things are made and critically analysing them to determine how they can be improved. They will feel confident in taking risks and becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.