Design and Technology
Design and Technology (D&T) is a vital part of our curriculum as it helps to prepare children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. D&T should provide children with a real-life context for learning whilst learning about past and present technology.
At Parklands Primary, children receive a D&T curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing, making and evaluating. In the EYFS, this is delivered through planned opportunities in the continuous provision. In Key Stage 1, these skills are taught and developed through a theme based curriculum in order to prepare the children for cross curricular opportunities in Key Stage 2. The children are taught to combine these skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a new product for a purpose. In these fun and engaging lessons, the children will develop their use of technical vocabulary and be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems, structures and food products for a real life purpose. Correct equipment will be chosen and used accurately by the children and methods will be carefully selected to match the task and used effectively. The skills learned in D&T also help with learning across the curriculum. For example, scaling and measuring in mathematics as well as knowledge about properties of materials helps in science.