At Alumwell Infant School we intend to provide a Design Technology curriculum which is inspiring, rigorous, and practical. We want our children to use creativity and imagination, to design and make products both as individuals and as members of a team, that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We intend for all children to acquire appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. It is our aim to create strong cross curricular links with other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Computing, and Art. We want Design and Technology to prepare our children, to give them the opportunities, responsibilities, resilience and experiences they need to be successful in later life.
The children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators.
Design and Technology is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high-quality Design and Technology curriculum. This is implemented through:
• A well thought out, whole school, overview of the DT curriculum which allows for progression across year groups in all areas of DT (textiles, mechanisms, structures and food)
• Well planned and resourced projects providing children with a hands-on and enriching experience
• A range of skills being taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken
• Each project addressing the principles of designing, making, and evaluating and incorporating relevant technical knowledge and understanding in relevant contexts.
· Developing children’s understanding of the ways in which people have designed products in the past and present to meet their needs.