At Pinhoe our aim is to bring learning to life through current contexts that connects to our children’s lives - who they are, how they fit into the world and how they contribute back. Our DT curriculum connects to elements of real life; it makes links with our year group topics that promotes thinking as a global citizen and develops creative skills that allows young people to explore their creative attributes. It also allows children to design and solve problems whilst making sense of the world. It is designed to enable children to make deep connections between learning and understanding the world that they live in, leading to children connecting taught knowledge and skills with creativity and purpose. We supply children with the foundations of valuable design and technology skills, which will enable further progression throughout their school years. We aim to instil the children into being critical thinkers, building on their evaluation and reflective skills when completing a range of DT projects throughout the year. As well as designing, making and evaluating products, pupils will also be taught cooking and nutrition. We believe that instilling a love of cooking in pupils will enable them to creatively become independent, gaining steps and preparing them to look after themselves. We believe that it is important that pupils learn the importance of a balanced diet and food hygiene.
The national curriculum for design technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
§ 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
§ 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.
The documents below will provide more information about our DT curriculum and coverage.