Design and Technology

At St Thomas of Canterbury, Design and Technology inspires children to use their imagination and creativity to solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts. They apply their skills from other disciplines such as Mathematics, Computing, Science and Art. Design and Technology involves the pupils in developing skills of analysis, planning, designing, making and doing, and evaluating what they have produced. We aim for pupils to learn to take risks and to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising. Children are taught skills systematically and made aware of how to use resources safely. Children evaluate their own work and that of others including major designers. One very important part of the National Curriculum is a the focus on cooking and nutrition and understanding where our food comes from.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught to design functional and appealing products based on specific criteria. They make their designs using a wide range of tools and equipment. Pupils explore and evaluate products and make references to their own products. They develop their technical knowledge of different mechanisms and techniques to improve their work.

All children develop skills in food technology and an understanding of where food comes from and its nutritional value.

Key Stage 2

Pupils build on their knowledge and skills developed in Key stage 1. They research and develop their own criteria for products and plan in various ways including annotated sketches, diagrams, prototypes and computer aided designs. They learn to use a wider range of tools safely and purposefully and become more selective in the choice of resources for their projects. Pupils will be able to make effective use of their evaluations to improve their work. They will be able to apply knowledge of mechanisms to their own designs including electrical and computing systems.  Pupils deepen their knowledge of how technology has affected and shaped the world we live in.

All children will develop their skills in food technology, cooking a range of dishes using a variety of techniques. They will develop a deeper understanding of how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

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