Design and Technology is about providing opportunity for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs. Making mistakes is a huge part of Design and Technology and integral to learning.
Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.
At Stanbridge Primary School, we are working to develop enquiry-led learning and children frequently work as engineers through their enquiry question- this could be as part of asking ‘What is Creativity?’ or ‘What do engineers do? Our children develop a wide range of design and technology skills and techniques which progress through the year groups, using the national curriculum guidance as a starting point but adding our own knowledge and skills. Children will also look at suitable/ eco-friendly solutions to problems with a focus on the use of sustainable materials.
Children will develop their understanding of the design process including researching, designing, making, evaluating and refining. All key skills which when developed in line with our enquiries will develop resilient, creative engineers.
We will know that we have been successful by talking to focus groups of children about the design process. Pupils will be able to articulate the importance of looking for green, sustainable alternatives for solving problems. Pupils will have a desire to learn more, to enable them to solve bigger and greater problems.