Design & Technology

Design & Technology
Our Design & Technology Curriculum enables children to develop the skills they need for designing and making, through a range of creative and practical activities.
The intent of our curriculum is to develop children’s ability to research, investigate, analyse and evaluate a range of products, applying their understanding and technical knowledge across a range of products and materials. It is with our intention that this subject will also develop the basic skills needed, to prepare and cook healthy food using seasonal knowledge and a range of techniques.  Design and Technology brings learning to life. It is a motivating practical context for discovering English, mathematics, science, art, PSHE and Computing.

Our Design & Technology Curriculum provides all of our children with a range of learning opportunities, which encourages them to investigate enquire, apply their knowledge and skills, to solve problems, through a range of creative and practical activities.  It also provides a fantastic opportunity for our children to develop a range of cross curricular skills, as well as being a vehicle to develop their persistence, resilience and team work.

Aims
The national curriculum for design & technology, aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to develop:

Design – Understanding contexts users and purposes
Making – planning, Practical skills and techniques
Evaluating – Own ideas and products and existing ones
Technical knowledge

Food preparation and cookery
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology, aims to ensure that by the end of Key stage one pupils have the technical knowledge to:
Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
Cooking and nutrition - use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
Understand where food comes from.
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology, aims to ensure that by the end of Key stage Two pupils have the technical knowledge to:
apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Cooking and nutrition - understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

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