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Design Technology

The All Saints design technology curriculum is designed to allow children opportunity to explore and innovate whilst acquiring technical knowledge which builds their practical skills for life.  Children use and apply knowledge gained across the curriculum with a particular focus on the other STEM projects.  Each term children complete a design and make project.  They are given a challenge to design and make a product for a particular use thinking about the final user. 

Cooking and textiles are taught separately with an increased focus on developing key skills.  During the end of the Autumn term each year makes a textile project linked to the festive celebrations.  Each year the children will cook a meal from the All Saints recipe book.  These are meals served for lunch at school.  They meet with the school catering team.  Children learn valuable skills, find out about where food comes from and how nutrition is an important element to build a healthy lifestyle.  An important part of the experience is the class shared lunch.  Children celebrate their achievements and eat the product of their labours together at lunchtime.

Purpose of study

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, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

 

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.
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