Have you ever sat on what feels like the world’s most uncomfortable chair? Perhaps you have bought a new coat and it’s not quite as warm or as waterproof as you were hoping for? Perhaps you then began to think about how these every day items could be improved? If you have found yourself in this situation then you are half way there to becoming a design technologist!
Design and technology encourages children to become creative problem solvers as they learn how to make things that have a purpose and that work well. This could be a chair for teddy, packaging for an Easter egg or a moon buggy. This subject is great for preparing today’s pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world as they work collaboratively to plan, make and evaluate their designs. The subject encourages children to look at their world with a critical eye as they evaluate the usefulness of existing products and think about how they could make them better.
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.
In our school design and technology is provided for all children to access. A broad range of subject knowledge is acquired and children draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science and art.
In recent years, alongside ongoing design and technology provision within each year group we have also organised a dedicated design and technology week. Every class in school focuses their curriculum for the week on design and technology tasks which are then showcased to the rest of the school and to visiting parents and families. In the future we are hoping to combine this week with science week which will lead to a mutually beneficial week for both subjects allowing children to make strong and clear links between the two subjects.
As a school we strive to ensure high quality design and technology education as it makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.