St Margaret'sC of E Primary School

Curriculum  »  Design Technology

Design and Technology is about providing opportunity for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs. The underlying principle for high quality design and technology is that pupils are taught how to design and make things for a particular purpose. 

Design and Technology in primary schools develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.

Making mistakes is a huge part of Design and Technology and integral to learning. In delivering quality teaching we look to provide opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to have the confidence to create quality products.

If you have any questions about Art or DT at St Margaret's, please contact Mr Lorimer (Y4 class teacher and DT subject lead) or Miss Harding (HLTA & Art Lead).

Useful links for Art and Design

The Artful Parent

https://artfulparent.com/kids-arts-crafts-activities-500-fun-artful-things-kids/

You can access over 500 arts and crafts activities, including painting, sculptures and printmaking. This site gives you ideas of what Art supplies to provide for you child in order to create and make different things.

Art for Kids hub

https://www.artforkidshub.com/

You can watch step by step videos on how to draw different things, origami for children, how to paint, holiday and celebratory art projects and projects related to the Seasons. It also gives you a list of the resources you will need before completing each art project.

Land Art for Kids

http://www.landartforkids.com/

A website which gives you ideas on how to collect natural resources to produce different forms of Art.

Tate Kids-The Best Art Website for Kids

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIu8WF6J_C6QIVVeDtCh04qwjXEAAYAiAAEgKMGPD_BwE

Kids can follow instructions to make different things, play art games and quizzes and explore and read about the work of well-known artists.

BBC Bitesize Art and Design

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z8tnvcw

You can watch class clips on famous artists, techniques and how to create different things.

Web-based resources for Design & Technology

1. CyberChase (PBS Kids)
Join the cybersquad. Good guys only, please. PBS Kids show CyberChase offers a range of online resources for future CISOs, including activities and games geared toward learning math, code, and similar concepts.

2. NASA Kids Club
Want to build a rocket? Have at it -- and plenty of other space-related projects and activities -- with the NASA Kids Club.

3. Code.org
Backed by some of the biggest names in tech, Code.org's stated mission is to grow computer science learning by fostering its inclusion in school curriculums. In addition to its Hour of Code series, the site also features an Intro to Computer Science course for K-8, programming tutorials in languages such as Python and JavaScript, mobile app development activities, and other resources.

4. TechRocket
TechRocket's courses for coding, game design, and graphic design are built on the premise that "you're never too young to learn STEM skills." This site includes a heavy focus on building mobile apps and games, from iOS development to Minecraft mods.

5. Engineering, Go For It (eGFI)
Created by the American Society for Engineering Education, eGFI's aim is to foster educational and pre-professional interest in engineering and other STEM subjects from kindergarten through high school. In addition to information on the myriad branches of the engineering field -- from biomedical to computer to mechanical and beyond -- the site features descriptions of professional paths for each, including profiles of real people at work in the field.

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