At Gade Valley we follow the ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach to the teaching of DT, as outlined in the National Curriculum. We pride ourselves in developing the technical skills which involve the following areas: Construction, Mechanisms, Textiles and Cooking and Nutrition. Children are encouraged to be consistently reflective and experimental throughout their learning. When designing their final product, children will research and refine their ideas through detailed designs and prototypes. During the making process, teachers model technical skills and highlight good practice and safety skills. Finally, in the evaluation stage children will be considering what worked effectively and how they can improve the impact of the overall appearance and usability of their product.
In addition to the regularly taught design and technology lessons, we provide many cross-curricular opportunities and assemblies for the children to demonstrate the skills that they have learnt. We also hold plenty of competitions throughout the year, such as designing a Christmas/ Easter scene and the Gade Valley Children in Need Bake off. We regularly collaborate as a whole school to take part in cross-curricular days such as ‘Take One Country’ and the ‘Enterprise project’ whereby the children had to design and make a product to sell.