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The D&T Association H&S guidelines for Primary colleagues provides guidance on the use of low-melt glue guns and whether they are safe to use in primary schools. Log in to read the full response to this question.
Ofsted evidence suggests that schools which have a broad and balanced curriculum often attain the highest standards in English and maths. Squeezing the time for D&T and other subjects may, in fact, be counterproductive! Consider how much teaching time is available and how it can be used to best effect. Some Schools simply don't have enough time to teach D&T well as teaching time in the school day is devoted to English and maths.
We come to our figure below based on the estimated, average cost (February 2016) of the materials and components listed in the project planners in the Projects on a Page scheme of work. Please note that this figure excludes generally available consumables such as PVA glue and paper, the cost of tools, equipment, utensils, construction kits, product handling collections, teaching aids, computer hardware and software
The tools, equipment and materials each individual school buys will depend on the projects they plan to carry out, what children actually design and make and the outcomes from risk assessments. The resources purchased should also comply with local authority, employer and school health and safety policy and guidance.
First, show children some examples of exploded diagrams e.g. those provided by a DIY store or used to assemble a model with a construction kit. Discuss the fact that exploded diagrams help when we want to show people the parts or components of the product we are designing, how they fit together and the order of assembly. If safe and possible, ask children to .....
Make sure that all class teachers use the ‘six D&T principles’ at the medium-term planning stage to check whether the project they have planned is, in fact, design and technology. For more information read our D&T Principles guidance document and our School Curriculum Principles for D&T
Use the D&T Association ‘Progression Framework’ to support formative assessment. With the removal of levels and level descriptions, this resource sets out developmental steps in children’s knowledge, understanding and skills......
Yes – a sample project planner and an example of how a Projects on a Page planner could be translated into practice can be found in our Resource shop.
Across KS2, children should learn about a range of inventors, designers, engineers, chefs and manufacturers who have developed ground-breaking products, find out what they are famous for designing and/or making and what characteristics enabled them to become successful. The range of people and products that children consider should cover the range of aspects of D&T they will be working in.....
The simplest way to get up and running with the new curriculum, is to watch three 5 minute D&TTV videos on National Curriculum implementation at KS1 and KS2. View the following videos
In May 2016, the D&T Association are launching a fully updated Primary Subject Leaders’ file which will be the main resource for subject leaders – both new and experienced. The file will be extremely comprehensive, covering all aspects of the role and the D&T curriculum in primary schools. It will be available from the Resource Shop with related CPD at a range of venues around the country all bookable online
We are not aware of any age restrictions on the use of a sewing machine and many younger children find them relatively easy to use. We would advise a risk assessment is always done. Please log in to read the full advice.