Design and Technology helps to prepare children for the developing world, encouraging them to be creative thinkers, designers and problem solvers.
Here at Forefield Community Infant and Nursery School we aim to teach Design and Technology in a fun, practical and safe way. Activities are planned so that they meet National Curriculum requirements, build upon prior learning and lead to a progression in skills that increasingly challenge the children as they move through school. Much of this will be completed through the school’s topic based approach to learning, with each project Design and Technology activity being given a theme and purpose. Children will undertake projects involving cooking and nutrition, textiles, mechanisms, use of materials and construction.
In the Foundation Stage, early experiences encourage the children to ask questions about how things work and the materials used. In both the indoor and outdoor learning classrooms they develop their designing and making skills and learn how to handle tools safely. Recently children have been involved in designing and making gadgets for Superheroes, creating castles and constructing boats.
Throughout Key Stage 1, children’s skills are developed further to engage them fully in the process of research, planning, design, manufacture and evaluation. Children will design and make picture frames, bags, vehicles and moving pictures. In cooking they will make sandwiches, fruit salad and smoothies, developing an understanding of where food comes from, its production and nutrition.
Wherever possible design and Technology activities are supported by visiting experts and field trips.