Design and Technology
“Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.” (National Curriculum 2014)
At Sandon children will be taught Design and Technology in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of design and concepts of technology in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use design and technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress. We want them to be designers, creative thinkers and problem solvers.
Our Design and Technology curriculum provides full coverage of the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum and gives children opportunities to develop skills in five areas: Structures, Mechanisms, Electrical systems, Cooking and Nutrition and Textiles. There are then four strands that run through each topic: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical knowledge. Children develop skills in these areas building upon previous learning.
Children have opportunities for solving problems and learning independently and well as collaboratively. We want to ensure that Design and Technology is embedded in our whole school curriculum so many cross-curricular links are made with other subjects.