‘Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.’
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
And the aims for design and technology are 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.'
At Gunness and Burringham Primary school, we strive to provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum that is engaging and exciting for all children.
In our Design and Technology we aim:
· To ensure that pupils always “make a product with a purpose”
· To embed the six main principles of Design and Technology into the school curriculum;
o User – pupils should consider who their products are for
o Purpose – pupils should decide which tasks their products will perform
o Functionality – pupils should think about how their products will work
o Design Decisions – pupils should have opportunities to make informed choices
o Innovation – pupils should have scope to be original with their thinking
o Authenticity – pupils should design and make products that are real, believable and can be evaluated through use
· To ensure that the National Curriculum objectives are covered and links are made to other curriculum areas where possible.
Our Long Term Plan ensures that all areas of Design and Technology are taught and that progress is maintained across the whole school.
On Friday 15th October we celebrated World Food Day as a whole school.
In Foundation their country was England. They made sandwiches to go with their Afternoon Tea using skills such as, chopping using a bridge hold, spreading and cutting. They also learnt lots of facts and information about our country. They even managed to learn some of the National Anthem and performed this in a whole school assembly at the end of the day!
Y1/2 focused on China. They learnt many interesting facts such as, the capital city is Beijing, China is on the continent of Asia and the language that is spoken is Mandarin. The children also learnt how to count and write numbers to 10 as well as making spring rolls to take home! To make the spring rolls they needed to use chopping skills and mixing ingredients together in a bowl. Some children even cracked an egg!
Y3/4 were learning about Greece and made a Greek Salad and a Greek dip called Tzatziki. All of the children made an individual salad using chopping, grating and mixing skills. They also produced an information leaflet all about Greece!
Y5/6 learnt lots of great facts about their country, Sweden. The children counted to 10 in Swedish and created Top Trump cards, which they managed to spend some time playing!
They baked individual Swedish Kladdkaka cakes using a range of skills such as, weighing and measuring ingredients, cracking an egg and using the hob.
Overall a great day was had by all with lots of new skills learnt!