At Shotley Bridge Primary School, we intend to ensure that our children develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to design and make functional products. It is the perfect subject to allow younger Primary age pupils to put Maths, English and Science knowledge to use, in a fun, contextual way and opens children’s minds to the opportunities and careers that come from designing and making. Our world is full of things that have been thought of, designed and produced and we aim to give our children the opportunity to use their own creative ideas and experiences to do just the same.
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.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, our pupils will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing, making and evaluating. Where possible, cross curricular links will be made, giving a purpose and relevance to the products the children will make. Currently available products will be investigated first, to give children a base from which to start. As production develops, the children will learn how to take risks and will become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. This is particularly important in our ever-changing world and our children will be encouraged to think about sustainability, environmentally friendly materials and opportunities for reusing and recycling.
All children will experience sequences of lessons to teach them about cooking and nutrition. It is intended that our children will develop a love of cooking, another expression of human creativity. Pupils will learn about the importance of a healthy balanced diet and how foods can be combined to make delicious meals and snacks. Within this, our children will learn about where food comes from, which foods are produced locally and nationally and how we can promote sustainability by eating foods when they are in season.
Throughout all aspects of our Design and Technology lessons, our children will be able to use ‘real’ tools and equipment, whilst adhering to and understanding, our health and safety guidelines.