Design & Technology

At Adderley Primary School Design and Technology lessons are FUN!

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. Our aim 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 our school children in Reception are taught the foundations of DT through ‘Understanding the World’ activities. Design and technology lessons are taught from years 1to 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 taught through the Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects. These projects 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. At Adderley Primary School we believe it is important that children are also taught about cooking and nutrition therefore, in DT lessons children are taught about nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation and cooking.

Design and technology at our school is taught 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 their ideas and treating these with respect. Children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others. At our school we teach design and technology to all children, whatever their ability. Teachers use their expert knowledge to adapt lesson 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 plan enrichment experiences for children which may include visits, guest speakers or clubs.


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