Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. They are taught to look for opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making a range of products. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators.
Aims & Objectives
Design and Technology in relation to the National Curriculum
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and make activities appropriate to the age and ability of the pupil. The work covered in each year group ensures a balance of:
Teaching & Learning
Design and Technology will engage the children in a broad range of designing and making activities which involve a variety of methods of communications, e.g. speaking, designing, drawing, assembling, making, writing and using information and communication technology. These activities can be differentiated through careful planning and the selection of resources, which are appropriate for different ages and abilities. All children must be encouraged to design and make and must be stretched in deigning and making. Access may be ensured through LSA support where appropriate. Teaching and learning to DT are linked where possible to the current topic in each year group.
We recognise the fact that we have children of different ability in all our classes, therefore we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:
Hygiene and Safety
It is important that children are taught essential life skills to enable them to participate confidently and safely in designing and making in society. Teachers have a duty to introduce children to a wide variety of production processes and the correct tools for the task. Children must design considering health and safety issues and consequences and operate in a safe and hygienic manner when designing.