‘DT’ incorporates many traditional skills – cooking, model making, drawing and sketching, problem solving, observation and discussion – putting them together in an approach which encourages the children to become designers and inventors. The children are taught how to use tools and materials safely and economically.
At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School the aims of Design and Technology are:
Design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world. The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.
Through the study of design and technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues.
Design and Technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. It should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made.
The principles do not represent an exhaustive list, but provide a helpful starting point for clarifying and securing the distinctive nature of D&T in the classroom.
The National Curriculum requirements are consistent with the six principles:
- Design Decisions