Design and Technology
Our Design and Technology Curriculum
Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts.
Design and Technology offers opportunities for children to:
- develop their designing and making skills
- develop knowledge and understanding
- Combining these to develop their capability to create functional products
- Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making
- Explore the designed and made world and how we live and work within it
- Develop an understanding of design and technological processes and their contribution to our society.
Design and Technology is taught through our experience topics. We try to teach as cross curricular as possible so Design and Technology may be taught alongside another topic such as science or history, and will relate to the experience topic. We enable the children to experience all aspects of design and technology; constructing (electrical and/or mechanical), food technology/cooking and textiles; through these sub topics of design and technology the opportunities and skills listed above are taught.
In Early Years, design and technology is taught through ‘Expressive Art and Design’ and ‘Health and Social Care’. Through these sections of the early year’s curriculum we cover the basics of the design and technology curriculum in their simplest terms.
During Key Stage 1, the children learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and start to use ICT as part of their designing and making.
During Key Stage 2 pupils work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways.