Design and Technology
At Paulton Infant School, we believe that a broad and balanced Design Technology education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of their needs.
At Paulton Infant School we aim for our Design Technology teaching and learning to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. We give the children both the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design based on their own experiences. Effective teaching and learning develops children’s understanding of the world around them, provides opportunities to experience a sense of awe and wonder and an appreciation of beauty in all its forms. They can make their own individual mark in response to the world around them in their own personal way.
In D.T. we focus on the cycle of design, make and evaluate for each set of lessons, whilst at the same time developing their technical knowledge. We aim to start by exploring existing products and the children’s own experiences and build on these when designing and making new products. We also aim to instil a love of food preparation, cooking and promote the enjoyment of a range of foods as part of a healthy balanced diet. We also recognise the importance of cooking as an important life skill; children are taught for example how to cut fruit and vegetables, take part in preparing ingredients and the importance of tidying up afterwards.
Design and Technology Curriculum
Following the National Curriculum, in Design and Technology our children are taught to:
design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
explore and evaluate a range of existing products
evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles] in their products
In Cooking and Nutrition our children are taught to:
use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
understand where food comes from