Dynamic Design & Technology
Hello and welcome to the world of Dynamic Design & Technology, here you can explore the many ways in which the children of Southwick Primary become immersed in Design & Technology. My name is Mrs Pattison and I am a Reception teacher as well as Design & Technology Lead.
I help to oversee the wonderful ways in which Design Technology is used throughout school to enhance the children’s problem solving skills and provide the opportunity to meet inspirational members of the real STEM community, learning about career paths, the roles they play and the skills that are required to work in the industry.
Design Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Knowledge and understanding informs this process. Every opportunity is taken for the four key aspects of Design Technology to be integrated into learning;
By the end of each key stage, pupils will have experienced these key concepts in various ways and will have had practical hands on experience in each.
At Southwick Primary we feel it is incredibly important for children to understand that what they are learning can be applied to real life and can shape their future and career. One of the ways in which we do this is by running a STEM week once a year. The children work on a project over a week, using a variety of skills and knowledge that they have gained in Science, Computing, DT and Maths in order to create an end product. STEM ambassadors, from each year group, then host a learning table at our STEM showcase which is attend by the whole school. It is one of our favorite weeks of the school year and I cant wait to see what we get up to this year.