At Eastling we encourage creativity and imagination within our pupils to allow them to invent and create products in a variety of contexts. The teaching of design and technology at our school is usually linked with the topic we are learning about, this helps to make links across the curriculum and gives opportunity to explore the creative side of a topic.
During the EYFS the essential building blocks of children’s design and technology are established. There are many opportunities for carrying out design and technology related activities in all areas of learning.
In Early Years- pupils are taught to:
- construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources
- use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- build and construct with a wide range of objects, selecting appropriate resources and adapting their work when necessary
- select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.
In Key Stage One- when designing and making, pupils are taught to:
- design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
- select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
- select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
- explore and evaluate a range of existing products
- evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
- build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
- explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products
In Key Stage Two- when designing and making, pupils are taught to:
- use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
- select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
- select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
- investigate and analyse a range of existing products
- evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
- understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
- apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
- understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
- understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
- apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Cooking and nutrition
At our school we aim to instil a love of cooking in pupils. We believe that learning how to cook is not only a crucial life skill but also a great expression of human creativity. As part of their work with food, children are taught how to cook and learn the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
Pupils use the basic principle of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
Pupils understand where food comes from.
Pupils understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.
Pupils prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
Pupils understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
At Eastling we take our ‘Design and Technology’ learning outside of the classroom, embracing the use of our natural environment and materials. Outdoor learning provides opportunities for children to learn transferrable skills such as communication, problem solving, initiative and risk taking. It is also used to develop leadership and teamwork skills when designing and creating a new product.