Design and Technology is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. It is composed of two strands; design and making, and cooking and nutrition. At Fleet, design and technology projects are linked to the class’ termly topic. Children are encouraged to be creative when designing products to solve problems, to be resourceful and innovative, and to develop their understanding of the world.
Design and Technology projects in the Early Years Foundation Stage link to the learning objectives from the Early Learning Goals. Throughout their time in the EYFS, children will gain valuable experiences that encourage exploration, problem solving and communication. Through topic related play, children carry out D&T related activities, using a variety of tools and materials.
During Key Stage 1 and 2, children learn through group work and individual tasks on a range of designing and making activities. Children begin projects by researching, generating and developing ideas. They develop their communication skill through talking, drawing and modelling. Children make a variety of products by performing practical construction tasks through learnt techniques. They have the opportunity to explore a range of materials and build on the skills they have started to acquire.
In Key Stage 2, children learn about electrical systems and how they can be incorporated into their products. Children also apply their understanding of computing to program and control their products.
At Fleet, all children are taught the principles of a balanced and healthy diet. Children prepare and cook a variety of savoury dishes and learn a range of useful techniques. Children learn about where their food comes from and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.