Design and Technology is a subject which allows children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in different situations. It forms close links with our Art and Design curriculum so children can use and build skills gained in both subjects across both areas (amongst others). Our intent is to encourage children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of our rapidly changing world.
At Adderley we implement the foundations of Design Technology in Reception through ‘Expressive Arts’ and ‘Understanding the World’ activities, Design and Technology lessons are then taught from Year 1 right the way through to Year 6. Lessons follow the process of researching, designing, making and evaluating. This allows children to evaluate past and present products, their impact on everyday life and how they can adapt this to create their own product. Children work within a variety of contexts implemented through the Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects. These provide practical experiences where children can learn how to communicate their ideas through talking and drawing, use a range of tools and equipment safely to cut, join and shape materials and evaluate their product against a design criterion. We believe it is important that children are also taught about healthy eating and so we implement this through Design Technology where children are taught about nutrition, food preparation, food safety and cooking.
Design and Technology at our school is implemented 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 collaboratively, listening to others ideas and treating them with respect. Our intent is that children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others including: at school, at home and in the wider community. Our intent is to teach Design and Technology to all children at our school, regardless of their ability. Teachers implement this by using their expert knowledge to adapt lessons and personalise learning to meet the needs of every child.
We understand that children learn best if they enjoy their learning and feel inspired by what they see and experience. Where possible we implement enrichment experiences for children which may include visits, guest speakers and clubs.