Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject which encourages children to learn to think and work creatively to solve problems. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. The curriculum focuses on three strands of designing, making and evaluating. The designing process focuses on identifying criteria by which they are going to design. The children are given opportunities to design and communicate their ideas in a range of ways such as discussion, annotated sketches, prototypes. Once the children are happy with their design they can begin the making process. This involves selecting a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing). In addition they select and use a range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities Finally the children evaluate their work through investigating and analysing a range of existing products and evaluating their ideas and products against their own design criteria. Children are encouraged to consider the views of others to improve their work and engage in peer assessments. In addition children also learn the principles of nutrition and how to cook.
In conclusion DT ensures children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They 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 and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. It plays a fundamental part of children learning how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.