Intent We aim to develop children's designing and making skills and we encourage development of creativity and imagination when making their own products. Our cross-curricular approach aims to ensure that children apply a range of practical skills and develop their problem-solving ability.
Implementation Children have the opportunity to prepare food, cut wood, sew, bake, use mechanisms and build structures of all sizes within a safe environment. These activities are well-planned with the correct resources provided. The tasks are linked to our termly topics and enthuse the children to gain a better understanding of the world around them. Tasks are often completed in a small group to encourage learning from each other and problem-solving. All of our Design and Technology lessons are hands-on, developing practical skills for life that are transferrable to other areas. We are committed to providing a safe environment where children can take risks. We ensure that children understand all safety aspects involved in a task and allow them to demonstrate their new skills independently. During designing, making and evaluating, the children learn from their own mistakes, problem solve and learn about resilience. We encourage team work of different abilities and allow children to discover their own potential, strengths and those of others. We also have a Forest School programme which develops many of these skills.
Impact Children will have built up their knowledge and confidence in Design and Technology. As they progress through the years, they will have found something they enjoy doing and learnt transferable life skills eg food preparation or sewing, that they may continue as a hobby. Their skills of self-expression will have been nurtured and their understanding that making mistakes is a valuable part of the evaluation process that can be applied to everyday life.