Design and Technology has been part of the full curriculum review and is now central to 'The Big Question' that is being asked in our Circle of Life non-core curriculum work. The D.T leader has recently updated the subject action plan, ready for the second half of the year, leadership time has been used to analyse evidence over time of the children's high quality prototypes and products and how they design, make, evaluate and deepen their technical knowledge throughout their curriculum.
Children are taught to have mutual respect, tolerance and to be democratic when organising and completing group work. They take on board and trust the opinions of others and understand that all children need to feel valued. Children also have the opportunity to express their community spirit when working across school on group projects during theme days. All children have the right to express their individual liberty when making choices, sharing ideas and being creative. Children follow safety rules when using equipment, understanding why these rules have to be in place. We see design and technology as an ideal way to embed and apply our work with British and Christian values.
Reception children have the opportunity to attend a 'Craft and Construction Club' where Mrs Clarke and Mrs Hambleton provide opportunities for children to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
At particular points in the year, children have access to the 'Cooking Club' in which they are taught how to cook and prepare meals. Mrs Parsons and Mrs Shaw deliver the club to Reception and KS1 children. Mrs King delivers the club to LKS2 and UKS2 children. The principles of nutrition are also incorporated into football and cricket clubs.
In Reception, children are taught the DT curriculum through the 'Expressive Arts and Design' area of learning. Indoor and outdoor continuous provision areas provide children with the opportunity to explore, experiment and create - independently developing their skills. In Autumn Term, children explore malleable materials to create various outcomes, with the challenge of creating a 'unique fish', inspired by the books 'You Be You' and 'Only One You'. The Supertato series of books is used, in the second half of Autumn Term and children re-create different characters making 3D vegetable models. During Spring Term, the children make their own pancakes. They carefully follow the recipe, discussing food hygiene and its importance when preparing food, they also explore nutrition when making a decision about their healthy topping. As part of their 'Peter Rabbit and Friends' unit, the children create fabric, rabbit pictures, safely use tools and develop techniques to independently join a variety of materials together. In the Summer Term, children work together to design and assemble a fairy garden, forming part of their outdoor provision. They showcase their building skills when completing den building challenges and make butterfly buns to be shared at their Summer Garden Party.
As part of their 'Famous People' topic, the children study Neil Armstrong, amongst many famous figures, and his achievements. They design and create their own space mobile, evaluating their product against a specific design criteria. The children also make rock buns during a food technology unit, they safely use tools to cut food and describe the different textures of the ingredients. During Spring Term, the children make moving vehicles. They are asked to design a moving product that is purposeful, functional and appealing to themselves and others. They then have the challenge of joining the materials together using a range of tools and equipment. As their topic is 'A Toy Story' the children enjoy creating a variety of moving toys. In the Summer Term, children work together to design and produce an Olympic Banquet as part of their studies.
During their Rainforests big question, children research shelters and how they are used in the rainforest. The children use this information to inform their den design and collect the correct materials to build a sufficient den that would shelter them from the rain. During Spring Term, the children make flapjack. Their food based Circle of Life studies inspire the creation of their own flapjack companies. The children work in mixed ability groups to complete market research, enabling them to design and create a product that would be cost effective and appealing to the consumer. In the Summer Term, children design and create their own Tudor house as part of their studies. Alongside their design, they will create a step-by-step plan outlining the equipment and tools they will need and how they will be used effectively and safely to create their finished product. These must also clearly explain the order in which they will complete the construction process.
Children designed and created a 'ration meal' during their Autumn Term wartime studies. The children began by using a range of sources to research ingredients, meal plans and portion sizes. This information informed their designs and they were then able to justify their choices, using their research to support their ideas. During Spring Term, the children make Egyptian death masks. Research informs their design, and the children show perseverance through the different stages of the making process. They evaluate throughout the process, changing their methods and techniques when problems occur. In the Summer Term, children answer the question, 'What does the future hold?'. They create time capsules and design a futuristic house.