Balmoral Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M34 2JX

0161 336 3409

Denton West End Primary School

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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.

29th January 2021

Baby Bear needed a new chair after Goldilocks broke his old one. Here are some of the amazing designs and products that the nursery children have made for Baby Bear. Thank you to all the parents at home that made this tasks so enjoyable.

January 2021

The children in year 2 have been very creative this term and have been designing and making biscuits. During their Literacy learning they have been reading the popular book 'Biscuit Bear' by Mini Grey. This gave them a great idea to design and make their own biscuit bears. Below are the amazing biscuits that they designed and made at home. Thank you to all the parents for helping your child to complete this task at home. I hope everyone enjoyed eating the bears.

March 2020

This term year 3 took part in breadmaking. The fantastic team from Mellors Catering (the company that supplies our school dinners) came into teach year three how to make bread. Mr Connolly and his team gave all the children the opportunity to weigh and mix the ingredients. In pairs the children mixed and kneed the dough and the children talked about the bread process. While the bread was baking in our school ovens the children went back to their classroom to talk about bread and the different types. Once the bread was ready to eat the children used butter and jam to taste the lovely warm rolls. 


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