The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- 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.
“ A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” Albert Einstein
At The Lea, through Design and technology, pupils learn to plan, develop and communicate their ideas and work with a range of tools and materials to make prototypes and products. There is a strong emphasis on the process and skills learnt as the children make creative and informed choices along the way. The end result, although rewarding, is not the most important part of the learning and the children are taught that mistakes and adapting or changing designs are an integral part of the process. This supports our children to become resilient learners and critical thinkers.
At The Lea, the children have the opportunity to look at existing designs and products and are encouraged to think of their own solutions. They have the opportunity to work with textiles, construction materials as well as electronics and build on knowledge from previous years.
At The lea, preparing children for life beyond the classroom and teaching them life skills is valued and promoted. In an increasingly technological world, children are taught practical and technical skills to support them with this and the D and T and computing curriculum closely match. Cooking and nutrition is taught is every year group and skills are built on through the years.