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Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a stimulating and hands-on subject where children use originality and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful and innovative, whilst they develop an understanding of how design and technology impacts on their daily life and the wider world. They also have the opportunity to develop their team working skills to collectively solve problems and see a project through to its end result.

Through design and technology, children learn to consider who their product is for and which tasks their product will perform. They learn to design and make products that are real, believable and develop evaluative skills which enable them to make improvements to their design and final product. They acquire a broad range of skills and draw on knowledge from many different subjects such as mathematics, science, computing and art.

 

The DT teaching at Brighton Avenue Primary School ensures that it offers ALL children effective learning opportunities by: stimulating children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world; developing children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings; exploring with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures; helping children to learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become practically involved in shaping environments, training children in the safe and appropriate use and maintenance of tools and techniques in accordance with health and safety requirements; fostering an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design; providing all children with a broad and balanced education.

 

Objectives

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.
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