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Design and Technology at Shakespeare Infant School

Intent

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 and for them to be ready for the future. We want our children to be confident, risk takers, resourceful and independent learners. Design and Technology gives our children these opportunities to develop skills and knowledge through designing and making products to produce a final piece of quality work through our broad and balanced curriculum. DT enables children to be creative like ‘Chrissy the Caterpillar’ through selecting their own resources and, requires children to think like ‘Bertie Bee’ through designing and by exploring the designed world in which we live. We remind the children that everything around us has been 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 exciting products.

We bring our inclusive DT learning to life by providing exciting and engaging projects through our integrated curriculum. 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 each year group and other areas of the curriculum.

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