Design and Technology
The National Curriculum: Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Children are natural investigators, inventors and makers and through creativity and imagination, the children are encouraged to put their invention to good and purposeful use.
Through the design and technology programme we aim to develop children’s investigative and inventive ability and to provide the necessary skills and understanding for designing and constructing products. Our programme aims to promote children’s enjoyment in solving problems and creating simple products; to value their own achievements and those of others. They develop an understanding of the subjects impact on daily life and the wider world.
At Key stage 1 there are 5 areas of the design and technology programme. In each area the children will learn a variety of skills and techniques. These areas are:
1. Cooking and nutrition:
- understand where food comes from
- use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
- design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users
- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, Computing
- select from and use a range of tools and equipment
- use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients
- explore and evaluate a range of existing products
- evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
5. Technical knowledge
- build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
explore and use mechanisms, such as levers, sliders, wheels or axles within their products
Design and Technology at Petersfield Infant School
At Petersfield Infant School we run a ‘Cooking for All’ scheme which happens independently within each year group. This provides the children with an opportunity to develop their cooking skills. Recipes are sent home alongside their cooking, to enable the children to reproduce their food product with their grown-up.
We have close links within our local community. Throughout the year each year group take part in workshops at Tesco. We learn about where foods come from through their ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative.
In Year 1, children take part in a sewing club and throughout the year all of the children are asked to complete a home learning project with their grown ups, which is exhibited within school. Each year group will be set a different task and this is usually topic based.
In Year R, the aspect of design and technology is catered for in the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each Year R class has a ‘craft table’ where the children are able to access a variety of joining and construction materials on a daily basis. This helps to develop fine and gross motor skills, imagination, creativity, collaboration, problem solving and helps to enhance their play and learning.