Design and Technology is a subject which is taught through Topic lessons to enable children to develop key life skills. During Design and Technology, children are encouraged to use their imagination so they can be creative and take ownership of their learning during practical work.
During Design and Technology, children learn to master practical techniques when learning about food, materials, textiles, electronics, computing, construction and mechanics. They design, make, evaluate and improve their work so they can learn and carry out the different stages required when making a product. The children learn about inspirational designs throughout history to help inspire them when designing, making, evaluating and improving their own products.
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to 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.
In Early Years, children develop an understanding the world, involving making sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. Children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities including Design and Technology.