Curriculum – D.T
Design & Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
Design & Technology is incorporated in the ‘Expressive art and Design’ part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. We plan a range of relevant experiences for Nursery and Reception children to meet the objectives set out in the EYFS. These include asking questions about how things work, investigating and using a variety of construction kits, materials, tools and products, developing making skills and handling appropriate tools and construction material safely and with increasing control. These activities, indoors and outdoors attract the children’s curiosity and form the foundations for later work in Design & Technology.
We follow the KS1 primary curriculum for Design and Technology and teachers use the progressive skills highlighted in ‘Projects on a Page’ to inform their planning. Design & Technology is taught as part of the cross curricular creative curriculum. Children are taught the knowledge and understanding skills needed to engage in an in an iterative process of designing and making.
Examples of how we are supporting our D.T Curriculum
Cooking and Nutrition
Growing, origins of food
Food preparation, peeling, chopping, cutting, grating
Design and Construction
Designing, using tools
Construction techniques, joins, sliders, levers, stable structures