Work in the area of Design and Technology, including Information Technology, is undertaken throughout the school in both cross-curricular and subject-based work. The Design and Technology lessons and curriculum aim to broaden the pupils’ understanding of technology and its uses, whilst giving them the chance to explore a range of materials and their properties. We provide our pupils with opportunities to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. They are taught to test and evaluate these products and, if appropriate, redesign them in the light of what they have discovered. Materials as diverse as wood, paper, card, cooking ingredients, sewing materials and commercial construction kits are in use.
In Key Stage 1 the children work on a design and make projects involving textiles, cooking and nutrition, mechanisms and structures. In Key Stage 2 the children work on a design and make projects involving electrical systems, mechanical systems, structures, cooking and nutrition and textiles. We hope that through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. To enhance learning in design and technology we offer a range of trips and visitors. Recently we have set up a STEM club for children in Upper Key Stage 2 and held a whole school STEM week which focused on what engineers do in the real world of work.
The link below to the National Curriculum outlines in detail the programmes of study for each key stage.
- https://www.data.org.uk/for-education/primary/ – website with links to the new national curriculum
- http://www.wildginger.com/ – textile and fashion design sewing pattern software
- http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/ – cooking and nutrition website