Design and Technology
Design and Technology is developing the skills to creatively design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Children have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and use problem solving skills through a range of challenges. They work both as individuals and in teams to develop ideas and designs; evaluating their product throughout.
It is important that children understand the processes of designing; from planning to making, evaluating and refinement. During the teaching of design and technology, a wide range of new skills will be acquired as children work with a range of materials, including woodwork, sewing and cooking. It also draws upon the knowledge of other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, ICT and Art. Children will also develop the life skills and knowledge associated with healthy living, food nutrition and cookery; refining and substituting ingredients to improve dishes.
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all children:
· 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.