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Design & Technology

 Design and Technology is an inspiring, exciting and practical subject. At Gilbert Colvin Primary school, we aim to develop the creative,  technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently, as well as preparing our students to participate in an  increasingly  technological world.

 Design and Technology is cross-curricular, which means during lessons children need to draw on knowledge from all areas of the  curriculum, including mathematics, art, science and computing. Pupils learn to take risks, explore their creativity, use their imagination  and become  resourceful.

 Design and Technology has a huge impact on our daily life and in the wider world, it is important for the children to understand how  D&T has changed the world we live in. Through design and technology lessons the children are provided with the skills they need to develop and make products. By teaching these skills we are opening our children’s minds and could be developing future architects and engineers!

During Design and Technology lessons children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of creative and practical activities:

In EYFS and KS1, children generate ideas through drawings, models and templates. They are able to use range of materials and components to build their products. Finally, they evaluate their products and explore the strength and mechanisms of their structure.

In KS2, this knowledge is built on and challenged. They are expected to use research and develop a design criteria to create a product which is appealing, fit for purpose and aimed at a particular group or individual. When making their products they are able to use a variety of equipment and ensure their product is finished to a high standard. They investigate and analyse a range of existing products, as well as evaluating their own. The children begin to understand how individuals and key events in Design and Technology have helped shape the world we live in today.

The new curriculum includes ‘cooking and nutrition’ as an area to teach and develop in schools.  Gilbert Colvin is a ‘Healthy School’ and PSHE and Science lessons alongside the D&T curriculum support the children’s learning in this area . The school council and visitors from the school’s catering company ISS conduct assemblies explaining the importance of healthy choices. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill, the children are taught simple techniques to cook different dishes along with an understanding of where a variety of ingredients come from.

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