Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs and wants. 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, enterprising and innovative. 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 local and global community.
At Wolsingham Primary our Design and Technology curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical skills 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
- can evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Design and Technology in the Early Years
A designer in the early years will learn how to use tools safely, and effectively to construct with a purpose in mind. They will begin to learn how to join and assemble pieces together and adapt their work where necessary, understanding that tools can be used for a purpose and how to use these safely and effectively. Practising some safety measures without supervision. All learning will include children understanding how to use tools and techniques safely, competently and appropriately, considering and managing some risks. They will show an interest in the way toys work with knobs, pulleys, flaps, or moving parts, and use these as inspiration when designing and making. A designer in the early years will use previous learning, discussions, stories, topics and recent visits to move forward their designs, often making items and objects familiar to them for example a pair of binoculars to go on a bear hunt. A lot of learning in the early years takes place through purposeful play, both indoors and outdoors. Towards the end of Reception, children will be learning skills to equip them for their future learning and later success in Year 1.