What is Design and Technology (DT)?
Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of today’s rapidly changing world. Through studying Design and Technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of environmental, social and aesthetic issues in addition to understanding functions and industrial practices. By doing so, children frequently reflect on and evaluate present and past Design and Technology, its uses and the impacts it has. It involves the creative application of the principles of science to solve practical problems and is subject to the constraints of economics and social acceptability.
The aims of the national Curriculum are to:
- 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.
The Shine Curriculum:
DT 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 upon knowledge from other areas of the curriculum 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, preparing them for life after education.
Our curriculum has been designed to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
Through creativity and innovation, design and technology continue to shape our lives. Using an
Activity-focused approach, a high-quality design and technology education should give
Pupil’s opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of well-crafted
Products. Pupils should be taught the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks,
Thereby developing confidence in using these skills.
The National Curriculum
In this subject the children learn to work together as a team, especially when work is evaluated. They begin to understand Britain’s history in the development of manufacturing, electronics and innovation. Some challenges that are set relate to the needs of less developed countries. They take pride in their own skills and often work with the other generations of their own families.
Below are some examples of the topics our children will cover and the products they may make. Keep your eyes peeled to see the children's work.