At Walton on the Hill it is our intent for DT to offer children the chance to use critical thinking and creativity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. They work in a range of contexts through our topic based approach which allows for cross curricular links to be made.
We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. In design projects, pupils are encouraged to design for themselves, using research and sketches as aides, make using tools and materials, evaluate their product and build their technical knowledge. Furthermore, as part of their work with food, pupils explore how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
• build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
• critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
• understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.