“Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Steve Jobs

What do we believe at Badger Hill?

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

How do we achieve in DT at Badger Hill?

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. At Badger Hill we encourage 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 functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.

At Badger Hill we want to develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. We want the children to be able to talk about how things work and to draw their ideas. We encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures. We want our children to explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it. We want children to develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society. Most of all though we want to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.

We create lots of opportunities to enjoy and exhibit our DT skills and learning

We create by sharing our knowledge with each other and our wider school community. This is achieved through community events, parents evenings and our ABC sharing days! We create work which is displayed in sketch books, around school and on our social media feeds! We also encourage children to share design and technology projects carried out at home.

We create diverse citizens of the 21st century who are inspired by design and technology in the world around them and who show enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making!