At East Preston Infant School we aim for children to develop skills in designing, making and evaluating products for a given purpose, working both collectively as a team and on individual projects and developing the ability to solve problems which are encountered during the process.
Design Technology is taught through both specific skills-based lessons and cross curricular opportunities, where children are inspired by exciting and engaging topics and themes and are introduced to real-world designers, including chefs, weavers and engineers. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the process of designing, making, evaluating, improving and developing technical knowledge to create their own product using textiles, constructions, mechanisms and structures.
Our Cooking Corner provides a dedicated space for children to develop an understanding of cooking techniques, knowledge of the journey of our foods from field to fork and the principles of healthy eating. Through our Forest School environment children have the opportunity to extend their skills using a wide range of materials and real tools to further develop their creativity and design skills. Our annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) week provides opportunities for our pupils to further embed design technology skills and knowledge in specific mini-tasks.
Through Design Technology, the children will learn:
- essential life skills of team work, logical thinking, problem solving and cooperation
- to select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing
- to evaluate their products and ideas against criteria
- to apply their knowledge and skills in real world contexts