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Design and Technology

The Design and Technology curriculum is made up of the following elements:

• Designing products

• Making products using tools, mechanisms and control systems

• Evaluating design criteria and quality of products made

• Technical Knowledge, building structures, using electrical systems, applying knowledge of computing to program, monitor and control their products

• Learning the principles of nutrition and healthy eating and learning how to cook

Through a variety of creative and practical activities linked to the themes they are working on, children are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. They will work in a rage of relevant contexts, such as the home, the school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment.

From September 2014, under the National Curriculum, primary school children must learn about food, cooking and nutrition. It’s the first time that the subject has ever been compulsory in UK schools, and is a response to the School Food Plan (SFP): a 2013 document put together by a panel of experts, including restaurateurs, nutrition specialists, teachers and school cooks, aimed at improving the quality of both food education and the food served in schools.


Our school also has membership of the Design and Technology Association, which has useful information about education, training and events, resources and D&T in the news and the world around us: http://www.data.org.uk.

For further information about any aspect of Design and Technology, please visit the DT website. https://www.data.org.uk/for-education/curriculum/dt-national-curriculum-for-england-2014/

Mrs Vizard

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