Design and Technology
We encourage the pupils to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs. We aim to support pupil’s creative thinking and problem solving as both individuals and as part of a team.
Within Design and Technology, pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage have access to and explore a wide range of construction materials, such as wooden blocks and junk modelling. Pupils enjoy outdoor play where they can construct, using large equipment such as crates, tyres and wooden planks. They learn how to operate simple equipment and mechanical toys. Once a week, our pupils visit the ICT suite so they can learn how to complete simple computer programs.
In Key Stage One, pupils have the opportunity to design, create and evaluate products that have cross-curricular links to the topics they are learning about. Through Design and Technology children are encouraged to explore a variety of materials and use their knowledge and imagination to make high quality products. Children are able to design products and communicate their ideas through drawing, talking and where appropriate, ICT. Children learn how to use a variety of tools and materials and make informed decisions about which tool would be best for the task that they are doing. Children develop an understanding of structures and how they can be improved. They will also explore and use mechanisms, such as levers, wheels and axles. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
As a part of our termly WOW performances, all pupils become entrepreneurs to plan, design and make their own useful products to sell. Last year, our Year One and Two pupils focused on the global issue of recycling. Pupils explored the texture and shape of various recycled materials and brainstormed how they can reuse them. The children made items, such as hair clips and bags. The atmosphere was buzzing on the day of the sale and all items were sold!
Through this term topic 'Happy Mind, Happy Me'.
EYFS pupils will learn about healthy eating and why different foods are important in our diet. They will taste a wide range of fruits and vegetables and describe their texture. They will then decide on their favourites.
Year 1 children will research different groups of food and identify their sources. By measuring, weighing and preparing a range of ingredients they will make their own soups. After that, they will use a simple computer program to design packaging.
Year 2 children will sort and name different foods. They will taste a range of food combinations and by safely chopping the ingredients prepare their own healthy wraps.