Design and Technology
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Our Design Technology specialist is Mrs Smith (BA Food Science and Nutrition)
Read more about the design and technology curriculum here:
Design and Technology Curriculum Intent: To develop imaginative thinking in children and to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making. Through this inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, children will gain the expertise to take risks and become resourceful, enterprising and capable citizens needed to excel in an increasingly technological world.
The Design and Technology Curriculum: Our Vision
Design and Technology at St Matthew's is about designing and making something, for someone, for some purpose. It involves investigating, planning, evaluating and using a wide range of materials and equipment in different situations. Great designers are curious first and foremost, they observe, take notice and make notes of things others overlook. They are able to articulate their ideas in a way that builds consensus and fosters an atmosphere of confidence. Design and Technology involves learning about the world we live in and developing the technical knowledge and skills that enable our children to make products that people want and that work well.
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.
Design and Technology is planned in line with the statements laid out in the National Curriculum and with cross-curricular links where possible. All the children at St Matthew's receive discrete Design and Technology lessons with additional opportunities for cross-curricular links such as whole school STEM days and extra-curricular activities after school.
Our children learn: what makes a healthy and varied diet, where food comes from, how products are designed and constructed, what different tools and materials can be used for, how manufacturing processes can be sustainable.
Our children are able to: evaluate existing and own products, design and make new products to fulfil a particular need, choose appropriate materials and tools and cook a variety of dishes. Our designers are confident, independent, resilient and hold high expectations of themselves.
The children have Design and Technology books which follow them through school so that we can see the progression in their work. The books are evidence of their own personal development of their knowledge and skills.