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Design and Technology

The National Curriculum states:

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

How we meet these aims

At St Mary’s we recognise the importance of Design and Technology in everyday life and the importance it will have in our children’s future. We recognise the importance for pupils of all abilities as a subject which helps prepare them for the challenges and demands of adult life as well as being an enjoyable and stimulating subject in its own right.

We believe Design and Technology is an essential component of the curriculum because it aims to develop a knowledge of:

  • Materials (natural and man-made)
  • Forms and sources of energy
  • Sensing and control systems
  • Design and Evaluation   
  • Healthy eating

It is also an opportunity to help children develop a vast range of skills such as:

  • Working collaboratively
  • Resilience
  • Reflective thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Using a range of tools safely

Our Design and Technology curriculum is linked, wherever possible, to the Topics the children are studying.  This gives a purpose and audience to the project.  Each topic is planned and delivered with clearly defined learning objectives.