Design & Technology
We value design and technology as an opportunity to inspire creativity and a chance for children to learn new skills from an early age. Using this creativity and imagination, children design and make products and solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Every child is trained to use tools to practise the skills of cutting, sawing, joining and finishing in woodwork, this starts from nursery. Overtime our young designers can be seen producing more sophisticated models.
As well as directed teaching, children can often be observed designing and creating real life structures. For example, after studying Bijou for their English text, year one pupils were seen making a space ship out of car parts and blocks as well as using wet sand to create a cave for the lonely beast. Evaluating is a key aspect of design and technology and the children can be seen doing this both orally through, discussion and questioning, and physically through writing.
At Carterhatch cooking is seen as an integral part of the design & technology curriculum. Every child experiences cooking and baking as well as the physical process of growing and selecting ingredients. Through this, each child develops further life skills as well as developing an understanding of healthy eating.
The National Curriculum for Design & Technology aims for children to: