Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.
The aims of Design and Technology teaching are:
- to develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
- to enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
- to encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
- to explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it;
- to develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society;
- to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in design and technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in design and technology. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.
This term year 2 have been designing and making a prototype ambulance for a car manufacturer. Their work linked to their History topic about Florence Nightingale. The children used recycled materials from home and during their design process had to choose between a moving or fixed axle. Below are their amazing end products. Well done Year 2.
Nursery have been learning how to make little cakes. They picked the pears from the nursery garden, washed them and chopped them into little pieces. The children each had a turn to measure out the ingredients. We talked about mixing, stirring, cutting, scooping and baking. All the children were very keen to join in and develop their baking skills. Everyone took one home to eat, but not everyone liked the taste. The following day we talked about what we liked and did not like about the cakes and how we could make them taste better next time.
Year 6 have been learning about structures as part of the Design and Technology topic. The children designed and made their own life-size structures on the school field. A lot of design work was needed to find out which material would be best suited for the job. The children used previous knowledge and skills to build structures that were both sturdy and practical.
Year One have been designing and making hats. They had to design a hat that best represents their individuality. The children thought about their favourite hobby, colour, toy and place. The children had to take into account the size of the hat and the structural design. We have a lot of creative children in year one and below are some of the amazing designs and finished products.
Baby Bear needed a new chair after Goldilocks broke his old one. The children looked at different types of chairs, talked about why we need chairs and how we could stick the materials and resources together. Some children wanted to use construction resources and other children wanted to use junk modelling materials and paint. The children in Nursery had lots of super and creative ideas. Here are some of the amazing designs and products that the nursery children have made for Baby Bear.