Design and Technology Sequence of learning
Our DT sequence starts with pupils being given a project title. Pupils explore existing products and evaluate what design features make them successful. There are lessons which focus on the knowledge and skills needed for the making stage. For example, in Lower Key Stage 2, in food technology, children are taught that a healthy diet is made up from a variety and balance of different food and drink. They consider which design features will be incorporated into their own work.
The children then plan their product using specific design criteria and with a target audience in mind to ensure that the project has relevance and purpose. Designs are generated and communicated through talking, drawing and, where appropriate information and communication technology
Pupils select from and use a range of tools, textiles and ingredients to successfully implement their design. During this process, children are taught to follow relevant safety and hygiene processes.
Children evaluate their ideas and products against specific design criteria. Pupils also use evaluations to reflect upon opportunities for improvement.
Pupils use their online learning journal ‘Seesaw’ to evidence all parts of the sequence.
Below is an example of an extract from the sequence in Y6 when they made were presented with the challenge to design and make an anti-theft bag.