The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
Designing and making are at the heart of our DT curriculum. Children learn to make products that are purposeful and creative.
Children look at existing products and think about how they are made and how they work. They are then taught the skills they need to make their own products, including how to use the appropriate tools safely and accurately. After this they will have time to design and make their product, making sure it fits the specification they have been set and adapting as they go. Finally, their finished product is evaluated, enabling children to think about how it could be improved and compare their work to others.
The focus of a DT unit of work is usually topic based or linked to another area of learning, to ensure there is a meaningful context for the children.
Every year the children will have the opportunity to learn how to cook and consider nutrition and healthy eating habits. These dishes are savoury and, where possible, used locally sourced products.
HOW CHILDREN LEARN IN DT
Wateringbury designers will:
- have the opportunity to investigate how everyday products work
- use tools accurately and safely
- design and make a product using their own ideas
- evaluate their own and others work
- understand how mechanisms, structures and electronics are used in the world around them
- learn about where their food comes from including locally sourced food and seasonal food