Our Intent for Design and Technology
Robert L.Peters once said: “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” We believe at Shakespeare Infants we want to prepare all of our children for our fast changing world. We want our children to be confident, risk takers, resourceful and independently learners.
Design and Technology gives our children the opportunities to develop skills and knowledge through designing and making products to produce a final piece of quality work. It enables children to be creative like ‘Chrissy the Caterpillar’ through selecting their own resources and, requires children to think like ‘Bertie Bee’ through design and by exploring the designed world in which we live. We remind the children that everything around us has be made by someone, it has been carefully planned, adapted and evaluated. We ensure children use their imagination and problem solving skills to work independently and collaboratively on a range of practical activities to make and design products.
At Shakespeare we bring learning to life by providing exciting and engaging projects. The combination of practical skills with knowledge allows the children to reflect and evaluate on past and present products. Our children learn to make purposeful, functioning and appealing products for an audience, considering their own and others needs wants and values. They learn to select tools, how to connect materials together and combine ideas. This is through looking at existing products and building on previous skills learnt in other year groups and areas of the curriculum.
The children will develop their designing skills, increase their accuracy when using a variety of tools, applying skills from other subjects. An important part of Design and Technology is to test and evaluate a product and allowing opportunities to develop their ideas. Children will apply their knowledge when developing their creations. In the EYFS, we develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Allowing them to experience and test their ideas. Across Key Stage 1 we plan design and technology activities so that they build on children’s prior learning. We aim for our children to be reflective on their work they have made and reminder children of a famous designer, Steve Jobs, who says: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
A high-quality design and technology education is important to our school to enable children to be confident, independent citizens in the world. Design and Technology also involves understanding how to cook. We develop children’s understanding of the important of a nutritious and healthy lifestyle. Each year we build on skills learnt to show the children how cooking is a crucial life skill. The children learn about where food comes from, and how to prepare and combine ingredients to make food. The children are involved in the design and making of all our products.
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.