Design and Technology
Rationale/Purpose of Study
Design and Technology involves applying knowledge and skills when designing and making products. The activities undertaken will enable our children to consider the needs of individuals and society within a caring community.
Undertaking design and technology activities in school will give our children opportunities to use a range of materials and processes and to work independently or as part of a team. We would hope that the activities undertaken here in Crossacres Primary Academy will also reflect the children’s local environment and support them in the wider world.
Our work reflects the National Curriculum requirements for Design and Technology:
The order states the importance of design and technology:
Design and technology 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 on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks and innovative. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life in the wider world.
‘Pupils should be taught to develop their design and technology capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make products’.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Crossacres Primary Academy, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.
National Curriculum Aims
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.
At Crossacres Primary Academy, we follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology, which can be found here.