Design and Technology
Design and Technology contributes to our broad, balanced and relevant curriculum offer and we aim to prepare children for life in a rapidly changing and increasingly technological world.
All children will be given the opportunity to:
- Develop a critical awareness of the “made” and natural world, of the environment and of different cultures and times.
- Promote an understanding of the potential of and an expertise in those activities, which are involved in designing and making.
- Foster curiosity, ingenuity and imagination through personal involvement with ideas and materials.
- Be aware that aspects of design and technology can determine forms, content and appearance of the “made” and natural world.
- Encourage the special aptitudes and interests of the individual.
- Increase children’s understanding of physical, social, emotional, intellectual and aesthetic needs of people, which change throughout life.
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and safely so that they can participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
The Design and Technology projects have a cross-curricular link with the year group’s topics over the course of the year and are outlined as below:
- Year 1: Moving Pictures, Fruit Salad, Playgrounds
- Year 2: Moving Vehicles, Felt Hand Puppets, Drawbridge (Winding Mechanism)
- Year 3: Sandwich Snacks, Moving Monsters, Shadow Puppet Theatre
- Year 4: Motorised Buggies, Pulleys, Gadget socks (sewing) and Food Technology (learning about tastes, cutting skills using the bridge and claw method and making bread dough)
The Year 4 children also have planned cooking and nutrition sessions through the ‘Adopt a School Programme’ which are led by “Savoy Chef” Idris Caldora one morning each term.