Design and Technology
Design and Technology helps to prepare children for the on-going innovations and developments in our world. The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team and allows children to combine practical skills with a design process that solves real and relevant problems. Design and Technology should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made and through the evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, allow them to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
At Orgill Primary School our aims for Design Technology are that children will develop imaginative thinking and will learn to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. Children will be encouraged to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures. We will further children's enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making. Children will be taught to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
We follow a Learning Challenge Curriculum in Design and Technology lessons. This is an approach that provides a meaningful curriculum, capturing the interests of the children, promoting a greater pupil involvement, and making learning relevant to them, whilst meeting the National Curriculum requirements. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then when evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities. Children critically evaluate their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.
In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to design, make, evaluate and begin to apply their growing technical knowledge of different processes to different projects in a varied range of contexts (for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment).
In Key Stage 2, pupils improve their mastery of the design and make process and broaden their technical knowledge in a variety of appropriate contexts.
Cooking and Nutrition
The National Curriculum of 2014 states that "Learning to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life."
As part of our Design and Technology curriculum, pupils in Key Stage 1 begin to use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and are taught to understand where food comes from.
In Key Stage 2, pupils are taught to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet, prepare and cook a variety of predominately savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.