Design and Technology curriculum statement
At Badsworth C of E Junior and Infant School we aim to provide children with a DT education that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. We want our children to have experiences of designing, making and evaluating a product using various skills.
As their technical knowledge progresses throughout school, they will apply what they have learnt as they work creatively on shared projects. Curriculum links will be made to enhance the learning within a topic. Children should have many practical experiences including using tools suitable for different purposes.
In addition, they will follow and develop design criteria, as they gain confidence, by researching and incorporating their own ideas. The projects that they complete are based around other areas of the curriculum, helping the children to problem solve in a real context that is relevant to them.
As cooking and nutrition is becoming increasingly important, we ensure our children experience different types of food preparation. In doing this we aim to foster a love of cooking in the children, whilst giving them the tools that they require to live a healthy lifestyle based around the principles of good nutrition.
At Badsworth C of E Junior and Infant School we have a clear and progressive programme in line with the National Curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand Design and Technology and to use these skills across the curriculum. In Design and Technology children are asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have more ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology. English, Maths and ICT skills are taught during discrete lessons but are revisited in Design and Technology so children can apply and embed the skills they have learnt in a purposeful context.
Children understand and apply the principles of a healthy, balanced diet and learn how to cook using various food preparation skills. They will have the opportunity to experience using a range of kitchen tools, appropriate to the task in hand and learn how to use them safely and effectively. Children will design and make a range of products which links to their half termly topic.
Through Design and Technology sessions, as part of the larger picture of the whole school curriculum provision, all learners will be able to discuss and share ideas confidently and listen to those of their peers respectfully. Children will have a growing interest and understanding of how Design and technology has shaped the world we live in and be able to relate their learning to current designers and inventors and say how their work, ideas and inventions have an impact on their lives.
In relation to Food topics, children will experience food culture from various parts of the globe and make links with how these cultural influences have enriched the cuisine of the UK.
Children will have an awareness of the importance of food hygiene and why it is important to take an interest in food, diet and healthy living.
All learners have experience of what it means to research, create and evaluate during the various design projects that fit with the topics that they have participated in. Children can also use key vocabulary to talk about the projects and explain how the learning has impacted upon their project designs and products with increasing confidence.
Through photographs, displays and school reward systems, children’s work is celebrated.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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