At Bishop’s Primary we believe that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is essential to developing innovators of the future.

The pupils have access to three specialist primary teachers who teach years 4, 5 and 6 and also provide practical support to teachers in the other year groups.

We consider Design and Technology to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject within which children use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Aims of STEM

  • To develop creative and practical skills in all students.
  • To develop resilience teamwork and independence.
  • Give children opportunity to become resourceful and innovative when designing
  • To develop knowledge and skills to build high quality products for a variety of users.
  • To critique and evaluate their own ideas and the work of others.
  • To understand the principles of nutrition and learn to make a variety of healthy and well balanced meals.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to follow a design process with the aim of creating functional products for themselves and others. They communicate ideas through drawings and simple models. Pupils learn to select from and use a range of equipment, materials and components and review existing products to help them develop and evaluate their own ideas. Technical knowledge focuses on building structures and simple mechanisms.

Through cooking and nutrition lessons teachers will support pupils to understand the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet, how to prepare dishes and an awareness of where our food comes from.

Key Stage 2

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills within the design process. Working in a range of different and relevant contexts pupils are taught to design, make and evaluate.

Pupils will research existing products and propose a range of designs, communicating ideas through diagrams, models and writing. They will learn to select and use a wide range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks and use a variety of different materials and ingredients according to their properties. Following completion of each product pupils are taught to evaluate their ideas assessing how work could be improved.

STEM helps to support the personal development of every child.

Enjoy and achieve

Design and technology contributes to pupils’ enjoyment through the opportunities it gives them to actively develop their own products. Pupils are given the confidence to challenge assumptions as they research ideas and engage with the world beyond school. Design and technology develops a sense of achievement in pupils when their product takes shape and when they are able to create practical solutions to problems.

Be responsible citizens of the world.

Pupils learn the principles of using resources in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. The study of food technology develops pupils’ understanding of the relationship between food, good health, growth and energy balance throughout life.

Stay safe

When planning, organising and carrying out practical activities, pupils are guided and advised in order to remain safe. They learn how to recognise risk, and to take responsibility for themselves and others as they use tools and equipment to develop products.

Achieve economic wellbeing

Design and technology is about applying knowledge of materials and processes to the design of products, and generating practical solutions that are relevant and fit for purpose. It’s also about solving technical problems, responding creatively to design briefs, and developing proposals in a range of material areas. The skills that pupils develop can be applied across different aspects of the curriculum.

Make a positive contribution

Design and technology provides many opportunities for pupils to present their ideas about their own and other people’s products, and to engage in collaborative problem-solving activities. The satisfaction that pupils gain from developing their own products contributes towards their self-esteem and sense of wellbeing.

Students will undertake an iterative design process, which allows the children to demonstrate how their ideas have developed along their Design and Technology journey.

Students have access to specialist design and technology classrooms. They are taught to select from and use a variety of tools and equipment, including computer aided design/manufacturing. They also have the opportunity to use a wide variety of subject specific tools and equipment to enhance their learning.