We give children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making products. It is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design and by exploring the designed world in which we live and work.
"Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future."
Robert L. Peters.
We develop the children's skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and use a range of materials including food. This is done by providing exciting activities linked to the curriculum projects that encourage creativity and the opportunity to think about important issues.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
In Year R, a wide variety of D.T skills are taught through each term's project. Children are encouraged to be creative and innovative using construction toys and develop joining skills and fine motor skills. They are encouraged to use these skills to solve problems.
In Year 1, the children learn about becoming a designer and the process of design; through planning, making and evaluating. Each D.T activity has a design booklet that links to their current project.
In Year 2, the children will learn to develop the design process further. They will investigate products to plan a design, continue to make their products and adapt where necessary and then evaluate each outcome. Each D.T activity will also have their own design booklet that is linked to their current project.