Frequently Asked Questions

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Can students use glue guns in Primary schools?

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.

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We don’t have enough time to teach D&T well in our primary school. What should we do?

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.

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How much should we spend per pupil per year on consumable resources for D&T?

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

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What tools, equipment and materials should we buy for KS1 and KS2?

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.

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How should we teach ‘exploded diagrams’ to children in KS2?

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 .....

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As a subject leader, how can I move staff on from making model Viking long ships and model Tudor houses in what they are currently calling ‘D&T’ projects?

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

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How should we assess D&T now that levels and level descriptions have gone?

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......

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Can I evaluate the Projects on a Page scheme of work before I commit to buying it?

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.

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When should children in KS2 to learn about important people in D&T who have helped shaped the world?

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.....

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Our school wants to get to grips with the new curriculum – where should we start?

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

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I have taken on the role of subject leader for Primary D&T. Please could you advise me on any support that you offer?

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

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Can Primary School children use sewing machines?

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.

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