D&T in primary schools develops young children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures,
mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. D&T encourages
children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.
DATA (The Design & Technology Association)
The development of Design and Technology proficiency at Wigton Moor is achieved through opportunities and experiences across the curriculum. The curriculum enables pupils to take part in a broad range of practical activities directly concerned with:
planning and designing
making and testing
Through creativity and innovation, design and technology continue to shape our lives. Using an
activity-focused approach, a high-quality design and technology education should give
pupils opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of well-crafted
products. Pupils should be taught the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks,
thereby developing confidence in using these skills.
The National Curriculum
Design and Technology is a way of learning, which spans and links the whole curriculum. In primary school it has its roots in imaginative play, art and science. We want all children at Wigton Moor Primary School to think innovatively, to question and explore the practical world around them and to develop a positive, growth mind-set approach to their learning.
NEWS FLASH!! DT WEEK AT WIGTON MOOR 2019!
This year, the Wigton Moor Design Technology week was back with a vengeance! Across the school, from Reception right through to Year 6, the children were following an imaginary brief from the Leeds City Council planning department
They were asked to design and make prototype free standing structures for the 'perfect' Wigton Moor town. All classes had to discuss and include a variety of amenities and facilities to support a range of people in a local town. This included commercial, communal and residential buildings, street facilities and important features to make sure the infrastructure would run smoothly.
Reception, Year 1 and 2 were asked to design and make various important features such as recycling bins, lamp posts, telephone boxes, post boxes, flower beds, fences, benches and road signs. Some children used a template whilst others challenged themselves to make their structures from scratch. Their models really gave the town a finished feel and highlighted all the small details a town planner would have to be aware of.
Years 3 and 4 were tasked with making the buildings for our perfect Wigton Moor town. Year 3 focused on a range of commercial and residential buildings, including a sports centre, a post office, a garage, a block of flats, a hospital, a swimming pool, a mosque, a gurdwara, a church, a synagogue and a slime shop! Everyone was on task, collaborating in groups and working hard - well done!
Years 5 and 6 had the challenging task of designing and making strong, free-standing bridge structures to span the River Wharfe and the River Aire that flowed around the town. They researched a variety of bridge styles such as beam, arch and hanging bridges, taking design inspiration from bridges around the world. They compared the bridges looking closely at the shapes used in bridge design to add strength such as triangles and hexagons. The children then experimented with different design techniques such as using flaps, beams, struts and braces to strengthen and support their bridges. Then they worked in groups to produce a fantastic array of bridges - every single bridge was different and all of the bridges were sturdy and free-standing!
Finally, all of the structures were compiled to make the perfect Wigton Moor town in the quad, complete with marked roads, a village green, flowing rivers and even a park with our very own sculpture! Another great DT effort from every child in Wigton Moor school!!
DT WEEK AT WIGTON MOOR 2018!
The children at Wigton Moor have been enjoying DT activities in July as part of a school-wide DT week. All classes have been designing and making paper bags for a design brief, developing and creating initial ideas to appeal to the client and customers, and then making the bags - fit for purpose!
Reception, Years 1 and 2 have been designing and decorating ready-made bags for a Tropical World brief based on animals. The bags look fantastic with lots of extra features the children decided to add themselves. The bags can be used to carry gifts and then used as hand puppets.
Years 3 and 4 have been designing and making bags using a template for a Co-operative Food brief based on promoting healthy fruit and vegetables. They clearly understood the brief and produced colourful and eye-catching designs.
Year 5 have been designing and making from scratch a paper bag design for JD Sports based on sports equipment. This was the most challenging activity as the children had to listen carefully and follow the demonstration on how to make the bags from A3 paper, using tricky origami techniques for folding - very difficult! The results are great!
Well done Wigton Moor!
Examples of DT at Wigton Moor Primary School