Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of today's rapidly changing world, providing across school an opportunity to tackle practical problems with creative thinking. The cross curricular nature of Design Technology offers the children a chance to apply knowledge and skills from other subjects, including art, language, maths and science. This approach to learning is called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). When thinking about future careers with our children, many new jobs in the future will require skills in STEM and we want to equip our children with the skills that employers of the future will need and want. These skills are developed using materials and tools in designing objects and food products with an emphasis on healthy living. Food technology provides an opportunity to learn about diet, nutrition, food safety and hygiene, food preparation and cooking as well as where food comes from.
In the Foundation Stage children use and explore a variety of materials, tools and fixing techniques with adult support and also during self-initiated play. Children have the opportunity to experiment with design using “found materials” such as cardboard, construction sets or objects found in the outdoor classroom.
In Key Stages 1 and 2, children gain experience using a range of technology kits including those with gears, pulleys and motors. They also have opportunities to use a variety of textiles to create products. In addition, they are encouraged to make their own design plans, follow the plans of others and find solutions to given problems or scenarios through a cross curricular approach. They have the opportunity to learn to cook basic recipes and think about where food comes from.