Design and Technology
'Learning for life, building a firm foundation.'
Why we teach your child Design and Technology:
Design and Technology engages children in a broad range of designing and making activities, which involve a variety of methods including designing, drawing, assembling, making, writing and using information and communication technology. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.
What our curriculum looks like:
In EYFS, through the Early Learning Goal ‘Expressive Arts and Design’, pupils are introduced to the building blocks of our Design and Technology curriculum. Through construction, pupils explore and build with a variety of materials such as Lego or wooden bricks, alongside developing their fine motor skills with scissors, paper and other media.
In Key Stage 1, pupils develop an understanding of the design, making and evaluating process when creating their own products. Examples of topics covered in KS1 include, making a moving vehicle, making a moving picture book and creating animal masks.
In Key Stage 2, pupils further embed the design, make and evaluate cycle when creating their own products. Examples of topics covered in KS2 include, making and designing picture frames, making light up boxes and cooking burgers while testing which break is best.
Throughout the year, children will participate in dedicated Design and Technology theme days based on themes such as food, toys, moving parts, textiles and games.
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 pupils.
How you can help your child at home:
There are lots of ways in which you can support your child with their Design and Technology learning at home.
Provide opportunity to junk model.
Using Lego to build the best thing you can.
Learn to bake and cook simple meals with limited ingredients.
Make a den within the house.
Encourage children to design/draw pictures of their own inventions.
Further support and useful websites to support your child at home:
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"If you can design one thing then you can design anything" - Massimo Vignelli