In this resource from Teachers TV the need for more design and evaluation in Key Stage One is explored. An Ofsted report highlights that often more focus is put on making the final product and children are not given the time to gain the knowledge and understanding to make their own products.
Teacher Teresa Wilton uses the story Handa's Surprise as inspiration for making moving pictures. She demonstrates how, through hands on exploration of materials and tools, children discover valuable knowledge and experience for making their designs. Children choose their materials and experiment with ways of joining them, thinking about the properties of the materials and tools. Technical vocabulary is introduced and children are encouraged to use it in their discussions.
David Prest, Cornwall LEAs Design and Technology advisor and fellow primary teacher Pauline Hannigan discuss the techniques used throughout the project. This includes: how to balance exploration and teaching, how to effectively utilise teaching assistants to aid classroom learning and how to incorporate peer and self-evaluation of the process.
Though aimed at Key Stage One, many of the principles may also be applied to teaching at Key Stage Two.