We aim to encourage children to understand how purposeful design technology is for now and the future.
‘Making things seem to be at the heart of what it is to be human, part of our basic make- up as a curious and creative species. To develop these skills in a practical context should form a rich part of every child’s education.’ (Hope, G. Mastering Primary DT 2019)
From EY to Year 6, the children are taught specific skills enabling them to create quality items. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children begin to appreciate that materials/objects have particular properties which make them suitable for a particular task. They learn to select and safely use an appropriate range of tools to produce a product which satisfies a particular purpose showing clear decision making. They build and construct with a wide range of objects adapting their work where necessary.
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With this foundation, children from Year 1 onwards are guided through the design processes used in industry: they must consider their target market and analyse existing products before they create their own ideas and develop them into working products. As they make their product, essential skills are taught, always with an emphasis on safety. Finally, they must evaluate their finished product.
Please find below the links to some websites you may find useful when thinking about DT at home with your child.
If you have any suggestions of websites you have found useful, please do let the School Office
Eat Happy is the initiative linked to Tesco and ‘Farm to Fork’. On this page there are many useful recipes and activities associated with food preparation. The activities are fun to do and help children to become motivated in finding out where their food comes from.
Jamie Oliver’s home cooking page provides you with a large number of videos to demonstrate a variety of food preparation skills. They are quick to watch and very informative.
The Teaching ideas website provides many ideas for various design projects that you can complete with your child at home.
James Dyson’s website has a challenge card page that allows your child to explore their inner engineer.