What is Design and Technology?
Design and Technology (D&T) is a hands-on practical subject where pupils use their imaginations and problem solving skills to create real-world solutions. Pupils use their mathematical, scientific, computing and artistic skills to analyse a particular scenario and endeavour to find a solution that works best for them. In D&T pupils are encouraged to think outside the box and take risks with the given challenges.
At Flora Gardens we endeavour to promote the same problem solving and real-world thinking across all domains and not just in specified D&T lessons.
In Year 4, pupils were recently tasked with designing a Celtic village during a History lesson. Pupils (and teachers) incorporated true facts (such as what building materials were available during the Iron Age) as well as imagination to create a theoretical village plan that would withstand a Roman invasion.
Our aim is to promote real-world thinking and imagination, two key features of the National Design and Technology curriculum, across all subject domains.
The National Curriculum identifies 5 targets that all children are encouraged to achieve:
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.
- Participate confidently in an increasingly technological world.
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge and motor skills.
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.