Design & Technology
‘Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for children to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.’ (The Design and Technology Association)
Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for children to develop their capability. By combining their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding they learn to create quality products.
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.
Having a national curriculum helps ensure a shared understanding of what the subject is about, allowing us to properly plan for continuity and progression.
A national curriculum also makes it possible to develop strategies, resources, and challenges that links children’s prior learning – and prepare for what is to follow. As a result, transition between each key stage can hopefully be more easily managed.
Design and Technology is one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Information, resources and updates available at : http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/community/groups/112/resources-primary
Gifted and Talented
Identifying children who are gifted in Design and Technology :
- Do they perform at an unusually advanced level for their age group?
- The outcomes of specific task
- Evidence of particular aptitude
- The way they respond to questions, and
- The questions that they ask
Experience of Design and Technology is an entitlement of all children and is essential to enable them to achieve their full potential as individuals and members of society. Therefore, the needs of all children will be catered for through appropriate provision.