Our Design Technology (DT) curriculum is linked to half-termly topic learning, with the opportunity to revisit core DT skills over years central to the acquisition of key knowledge and skills through ever-more challenging projects. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making.
DT incorporates many traditional skills (model making, drawing and sketching, problem solving, food preparation, observation and discussion), putting them together in an approach which encourages the children to become designers and inventors. The children are taught how to use tools and materials safely and economically. Throughout their time in school, pupils will have many opportunities to develop their ability to prepare food products, to sew and make products using fabric and to learn how materials fit together to create strong structures and allow movement.
DT offers children the chance to use creative thinking and design to make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'. The planning stages include opportunities to investigate and evaluate existing products, leading to a design for their own product. Focused tasks thereafter develop the knowledge and skills which pupils need to complete a particular project. The opportunity to make and evaluate their planned product with reference to their design brief (to consider the value of what they’ve made, for whom and for what purpose) is a highly enjoyable experience for all pupils.