Design and Technology
At Stockton Wood Primary School, we value and encourage creative learning. Design and Technology is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and is found in many forms: clothes, food, home wear, sportswear – products which have been designed to help people with their needs. Design and Technology connects children to their immediate lives and the design processes which surround them in their everyday environments. The subject supports problem solving and creative thinking through a variety of independent and collaborative experiences.
Children develop their ability to create ideas, and eventually make a range of products, meeting a design brief. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of the products functions. They are encouraged to draw inspiration from past and present designs through research and become innovative creators through the design, make and evaluate process.
In Key Stage 1 children will develop their design skills by considering the design criteria. They will use a wide range of materials and tools for a range of purposes. Children will evaluate products and suggest improvements to make designs stronger, more stable or better suited to their purpose. In food technology, pupils will learn to make simple healthy foods linking to different cultures and seasonality.
In Key Stage 2, children will design with increasing purpose and skill. Their designs will be aimed at particular individuals or groups for a specific function. They will develop their ideas through detailed planning, including the exploration of materials, existing products and prototypes. Pupils will build on their skills from Key Stage 1, consolidating their understanding of a wide range of tools as well as learning to use electrical and mechanical components. They will learn to cook foods from a variety of cultures with an emphasis on savoury dishes.
Assessment in DT consists of sketch book work, displays and photographic evidence.