Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Chestnuts, we encourage our children to use their creativity and imagination to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and technology forms part of our cross curricular topics and, as a result, we aim to link the work the children undertake to other curriculum areas such as maths, science and art and design. They are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness; they are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the interactive process of designing, making and evaluating a range of different products. Children explore the ideas of key designers and engineers and how these people have influenced our modern world.
At Chestnuts, through design and technology, we aim to develop children who:
- 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.
- Can 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.
- Learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
- Develop a critical understanding of technology, both past and present, through its evaluation.
- Understand the impact of technology, both past and present, on daily life and the wider world.