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Design & Technology at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

At Gilbert Colvin we believe design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices.

At Gilbert Colvin Primary school we teach our children to use their creativity to research, and design functional products that appeal to a range of users. In our Design and Technology lessons children begin by designing a product based on a set criteria and we continue to support them by providing them with the technical knowledge needed, to aid them in using and applying the skills they have learned.

What our pupil think about Design and Technology at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

“Looking at existing designs before designing our own helps to improve our end product.’ Year 5 pupil

“D&T helps me to think about what I would do differently if I made my product again. If I were to design my puppet again, I would use strings and make it wooden like Pinocchio.’’ Year 1 Pupil

How we develop cultural capital

Cultural capital provides children with a varied and broad curriculum, which prepares them for the world.  We build the Cultural Capital of our students by ensuring they have an understanding of contemporary design practice and design heritage. Our curriculum builds on the knowledge acquired at KS1 and exposes them to more complex and challenging content thereafter. Our Children retain knowledge about their product design and understand what being an engineer, designer and architect means. Throughout the school we develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. The children experience building and applying a range of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.

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