Design and 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:
Design and Technology at St Thomas of Canterbury
Here at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils from all backgrounds, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. At St Thomas of Canterbury, we recognise that Design and Technology can develop and range of skills. We strive to ensure that Design and Technology can be accessible for different types of learners. The Design and Technology curriculum will encourage all pupils to believe in themselves, develop a ‘can do’ attitude and contribute to a positive learning culture.
Our Design and Technology lessons give children the opportunity to; investigate existing products, create designs, practise new skills, make a product and evaluate what they have made. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
The scheme of work is designed to develop a range of Design and Technology skills over the course of KS1 and KS2 including mechanisms, structures, electrical systems, textiles and foods. The scheme of work also ensures that pupils 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. Pupils choose from a range of tools, equipment, materials and components that best fit the products needs. They then: critique, evaluate, test their ideas and products, work of others, and understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. At St Thomas of Canterbury we feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live.