Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of DT, they learn to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and impacts. DT helps children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.
At Sauncey Wood, children in the Early Years access opportunities to develop these skills through Expressive Art and Design. Children are encouraged to explore and play with a range of media, learn to use tools safely and use materials for particular purposes. In Key Stages One and Two, children undertake specific Design and Technology projects. They learn skills and apply these into designing and making models for particular purposes linked their curriculum themes usually in History, Geography or Science. Food Technology takes place as part of the Design and Technology curriculum and is often incorporated into whole school, Key Stage or year group themed days or weeks.