Design & Technology at St. Anne's
At St Anne’s the main aim of Design and Technology is to encourage confident, creative thinking. Children enjoy a variety of imaginative projects linked to current class topics, which give their learning purpose. St Anne’s is also proud to celebrate a yearly ‘Art and Design Day’, where parents, teachers, local crafts people and pupils work together on both small and large scale design work.
THE FOUNDATION STAGE
When planning D&T projects in the Early Years we follow the objectives as set out in specific strands of the Early Learning Goals (PSED, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World). We provide a range of experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, critical thinking and discussion. These early experiences include asking questions about how things work; investigating and using a variety of construction kits, materials and tools; developing ‘making’ skills and handling appropriate tools and materials safely and with increasing control. This learning forms the foundation for later work in Design &Technology.
KEY AREAS OF LEARNING FOR KS1 & KS2
At St Anne’s, Design & Technology in KS1 & KS2 aims to encourage children to be confident in their exploration of how things work. Children are given opportunities to explore and evaluate existing products, which aim to inspire their own designs.
Pupils are encouraged to select and use a wide range of tools, materials, textiles and ingredients for cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, developing skills as they progress through school. Once children have made a product they are encouraged to be reflective, in order to recognise their future development.
Throughout St Anne’s Design and Technology takes two main forms:
Some topics focus on children developing their understanding of structural design, mechanical systems, electrical systems and computer programming to monitor and control their products.
In addition to this children are taught to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. They begin to understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.
In KS1 we explore:
- simple mechanisms (sliders & levers; wheels & axles)
- food technology
In KS2 we explore:
- mechanical systems (levers & linkages; pulleys & gears)
- electrical systems
- textiles (2-D & 3-D products)
- food technology
- how key events and individuals in D&T have helped shape our world.
Mrs J Ellis
DT Subject Leader