Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of today’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. We live in a technological age, surrounded by artefacts and systems which have been produced, designed and made for us by other humans working together in a complex range of activities.
“D&T in primary schools develops young children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures,
mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. D&T encourages
children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.”
“Through creativity and innovation, design and technology continue to shape our lives. Using an
activity-focused approach, a high-quality design and technology education should give
pupils opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of well-crafted
products. Pupils should be taught the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks,
thereby developing confidence in using these skills.”
Design and Technology is a way of learning, which spans and links the whole curriculum. In primary school it has its roots in imaginative play, art and science. We want all children at Grange Park Primary School to think innovatively, to question and explore the practical world around them and to develop a positive, growth mind-set approach to their learning.
To build a Design Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more. To design a design technology curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study, to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life
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