Design Technology is a separate area of learning with cross-curricular link to a broad range of subjects.
Every half term, each class has a series of history or geography related DT lessons, in which the form, function, and materials of existing products is considered and methods to ensure joins, movements, and stability are taught. Here are some examples of our work.
Following the success of topic related 3-day DT projects in Upper Key Stage 2, this year we intend to introduce this across both key stages. The extended DT projects give the children an opportunity to respond to a design brief, in which form, function and sustainability is considered, through team problem solving in a series of practical making sessions.
In 2018, Year 5 teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects to design buildings for a city of the future city on Mars. The work, 'Exploring Boundaries and Space' was exhibited as part of the London Festival Of Architecture at the CGL gallery in East London.This project is now a key feature of the Year 5 curriculum.
In addition, children are encouraged to engage with DT projects at home through the half termly topic homework.
Each year in Summer 2, Bessemer holds its carnival – a yearly highlight – during which the Arts (including art, music, and dance) are celebrated. Art and Design Technology features heavily, with children using some of the DT skills and processes that they have learnt throughout the year to create 3D models, fabric banners, head dresses, among other creations, which are exhibited as part of the parade. It is a lively and colourful event, in which the whole school community comes together to celebrate the hard work of all the pupils throughout the year.
Child-Led Design Technology Opportunities
We are lucky at Bessemer to have the nature garden – a fantastic resource where children of all years are free to explore and engage in deep play construction. All children in Nursery and Reception have forest school sessions, as well as the opportunity to junk model and construct in their own classrooms and outside play spaces.