Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)
Design and Technology at St Mary’s develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It is an inspiring subject which nurtures the imagination in children of all ages. Through the study of Design and Technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issue, as well as functions and industry.
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
The teaching of Design Technology across the school follows the National Curriculum through the use of Design and Technology. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products. Food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied healthy diet and how to prepare this. The children grow a variety of vegetables at our school which are then prepared to make healthy meals.
We try to offer the children as many hands on and real life, practical problems as possible. These involve working with tools and machinery on physical materials like wood, metals and plastic. This involves designing, planning and building things.
The children’s work is very often cross-curricular, and helps them to develop important making skills, as well as show their knowledge and understanding in history, geography and science.
Each topic ends with all children creating a final product, these products are a fantastic way for children to demonstrate the skills they have learnt. Children are given the opportunity to consolidate their skills by creating their final product independently
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
Children at St Mary’s School enjoy self-expression that they experience in Design & Technology. They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. These skills the children learn here, at St Mary’s will something they can build and enhance in their future lives.