Design & Technology
Our curriculum for design and technology aims to inspire and develop pupils' practical skills, creativity and imagination. Within a variety of contexts, pupils will be given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems whilst acquiring a broad range of subject knowledge and drawing on wider related disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Our annual 'Marketplace' event enables all pupils to enhance and develop their skills and apply them in a practical purposeful manner. Pupils have planned, designed and sold a variety of products resulting in profit which have been spent on a variety of classroom resources of their choice.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, thus instilling a love of cooking and enabling them to develop crucial life skills.
Lessons are taught using a cross-curricular approach, although some skills may be taught discretely should they not link to the cross curricular topics being taught.
Pupils will be taught:
- To design purposeful, functional and appealing products based on design criteria and to develop their ideas through a variety of methods, e.g. templates, mock-ups, annotated drawings and computer-aided design
- To select from and use a wide range of tools, equipment, materials and components
- To investigate and analyse a range of existing products and use their findings to evaluate and modify their own work
- To understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
- To apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce structures
- To understand and use mechanical and electrical systems in their products
- To prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking skills, techniques and seasonal ingredients