Statement of Intent
At Finchale Primary School, it is our intent for Design & Technology to offer children the chance to use creative thinking and design within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. We make use of a variety of resources (commercial kits such as Lego, KNEX construction and individual items such as cams and followers) to support our teaching. We aim to build on these year on year.
Through the study of Design & Technology, pupils 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.
Design & Technology Masterclass! November 2019
This morning we were treated to an introduction to the coding programme, Crumble, by Michael Nelson. We started the morning with identifying the components in a simple electrical circuit and how this links to creating a code to light an LED bulb. We also used a Crumble board and an algorithm to create a series of flashing lights on one 'Sparkle' board and then with 2 'Sparkle' boards. Mr Nelson shared with us that this was what the Lumiere lights were made of. After practising using coding in other ways, we then created a set of code to move a vehicle in a square with flashing lights on it. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning. Mr Nelson praised the resilience of our class as everyone persevered, even when they found it difficult to solve any problems.