Design and technology is everywhere and part of everyday life, so it is important to provide children with the appropriate learning opportunities to explore the technology around us. Design and technology has links with many areas of the curriculum and these subjects can make a contribution to the teaching of Design and Technology including; Mathematics, English, Science, Engineering, Computing, PSHE and Art
At Lainesmead Primary and Nursery School we aim for our children to produce practical solutions to real problems. It gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products.
Investigative, disassembly and evaluative activities (IDEAs) These activities provide opportunities for the children to explore existing products and to gain skills, knowledge and understanding which can be applied in a design and make assignment.
Focused practical tasks (FPTs) Focused practical tasks provide opportunities to learn and practice particular skills and knowledge relevant to the task, for example evaluating materials that could be use for the design or evaluating the best way to join materials.
Design and make assignments (DMAs) A design and make assignment provides an opportunity for the children to combine their skills, knowledge and understanding to develop products that meet a real need.
Food design and make assignment take place throughout the school as part of the teaching of design and technology.
To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of food further year 4 and year 6 have a series of lessons with our chef.
They learn where food comes from and use food from the school allotment. The children then learn how to read and follow a healthy recipe and take home what they have produce to share with their family.
Other year groups have the opportunity to have a one off lesson with our chef and taught the skills of safely using tools and techniques when following a recipe.