Design and technology
Our design and technology (DT curriculum) is in line with the National Curriculum programmes of study, which aims to:
- 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.
Within EYFS you will see our children exploring the world, both large and small, and using their skills to overcome problems. This may be using crates and planks of wood to navigate their way across an imaginary river, or it may be designing and making a vehicle for a favourite toy. Throughout this process, adults will ask probing questions that extend the child’s thinking and understanding to enable them to innovate and improve their designs.
In KS1 and KS2 the children design and make a range of products. Their experiences will help to develop their problem-solving skills as well as their ability to evaluate and improve their product. This includes making healthy alternatives to much-loved snacks or looking at a machine from history and improving upon its design. In this subject, we bring together a range of other areas of the curriculum, such as science, mathematics and computing, to help the children explore their environment and develop their understanding of how design and technology impacts the wider world. By providing an engaging DT curriculum we aim to create confident problem solvers who are equipped with the skills required to face the varied challenges of the 21st Century.