Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to design and make products with a clear purpose. It encourages learners to be creative and use their imagination. Each unit throughout the school starts with a key question and children are encouraged to come up with a solution, daring upon designing and making skills.
From the very start of school, children are encouraged to make products with a purpose. Skills progress as children move through the school. They will often revisit a skill and build upon it e.g. children will sew with simple stiches in year 2 and then sew again in year 5 with a greater range of stitching.
Through DT, children are able to draw upon skills learnt in other subjects to support their learning. For example using art skills to design, computing skills to research and maths skills to measure. Children will experience a range of topics including cooking, textiles, mechanics, construction and structures.
There are four process that the children will work through when designing and making products:
When designing and making, the children are taught to:
Key skills and key knowledge for DT have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. The context for the children’s work in Design and Technology is also well considered and children learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study. Our Design and technology curriculum offers the flexibility to provide the opportunity for cross curricular links where necessary.
Children will take part in cooking activities. At Pinner Wood we are fortunate enough to have a cooking room. Children will experience designing, making and evaluating food products. Through this work, we will teach children the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.
We have a resident chef, who prepares our delicious and nutritious school lunch. She will lead assemblies and take cooking groups across the school.