Design and Technology

Design and Technology (D&T) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies, and is all about designing, making and problem solving. The children are taught to handle simple tools safely and skillfully and to plan, make and test their designs. They are also taught food technology in each year group, and through this learn about hygiene, healthy eating and how cooking can change food.
The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers both as individuals and as members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, responding to them by developing a range of design ideas for making products and systems. In their designing and making, pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on, learn from and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through D&T all pupils can develop innovation and become discriminating and informed users of products.

D&T is used to support learning within other curriculum areas, notably literacy, numeracy, science and art. These activities consolidate D&T skills, knowledge and understanding by using contexts based on real experiences and situations working in whole-class, collaborative group and individual activities.