At Grayshott Primary School, it is our intent for Design & Technology to offer our pupils the chance to use creative thinking and design within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, our pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making.
Through the study of Design & Technology, our pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Our pupils work collaboratively and learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
Our Design Technology Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance. We strive to ensure that:
• Products are made for a purpose.
• Individuality is ensured in children’s design and construction of products.
• We deliver two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition.
• We encourage the creating of ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
• We teach the importance of making on going changes and improvements during the making stages.
• We look into the seasonality of the ingredients we use in Cooking and Nutrition and how they are grown, caught or reared.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
D.T supports spiritual development by allowing pupils the opportunity to exercise imagination, inspiration, intuition and insight through creativity and risk taking in analysing, designing and manufacturing a range of products. It instils a sense of awe, wonder and mystery when studying the natural world or human achievement. Encouraging creativity allows pupils to express innermost thoughts and feelings and to reflect and learn from reflection, for example, asking ‘why?’, ‘how?’ and ‘where?’.
D.T supports moral development by raising awareness of the moral dilemmas by encouraging pupils to value the environment and its natural resources and to consider the environmental impact of everyday products. It educates pupils to become responsible consumers.
D.T Supports social development by providing opportunities to work as a team, recognising others’ strengths and sharing equipment. Design Technology promotes equality of opportunity and provides an awareness of areas that have gender issues e.g. encouraging girls to use equipment that has been traditionally male dominated.
D.T supports cultural development by encouraging children to reflect on ingenious products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which design technology can improve the quality of life. It investigates how different cultures have contributed to technology and reflects on products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which design can improve the quality of our lives.