Design and Technology Curriculum Intent Statement
At Faringdon Infant School we nurture our children’s inner creativity and confidence. Through our learning muscles our Design & Technology curriculum encourages our children to become independent, creative problem-solvers. It also allows them to learn to think as individuals and as part of a team. The children develop their knowledge and understanding of how and why products are made in the way they are and how these products could be modified and improved. Design and Technology combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems as well as being able to evaluate. We do not just focus on an end product; the whole process encourages children to make decisions for themselves, develop their ideas and to be empowered to evaluate their design. We make these experiences relevant and meaningful. Our children will learn to make something, for someone, for some purpose.
The Design and Technology curriculum also includes cooking and nutrition. Our children will learn where our food comes from and develop the skills needed to prepare and cook healthy food.
Our Implementation of Design and Technology
In Nursery and Reception D&T (Design and Technology) is taught through Expressive Arts and Design and is incorporated into all areas of learning. As well as focused activities (see FIS DT overview), children are provided with opportunities to explore and experiment with construction resources, whilst developing their creative thinking. They become confident in selecting and using tools and techniques safely. The children also have experiences allowing them to explore the preparation and cooking of food (this has been restricted due to the pandemic).
The resources in the continuous provision assist the children in achieving the above. These include lego and wheels, duplo, geostrips (plastic strips used with split pins), wooden blocks and many more. The resources allow the children at a young age, to explore balancing, and to learn to make a structure stronger and more stable (National Curriculum statement).
Making stations are used in all classes with a variety of resources allowing the children to design and create their own product. Design sheets are made available for the children to take ownership of their product.
In Years 1 and 2, DT projects are linked to the topic theme each term. DT provides an opportunity for the children to go down an exciting path of investigating, designing, making, modifying and evaluating. The children will be able to work independently and with others, to solve problems set by the teacher or by themselves. This process allows the children to gain an understanding of what it is to design a product, what technology is and how it can be used in their world.
Below are the following documents-
The Impact of our Design and Technology Curriculum
Design and technology is linked to exploration and investigation. Through their senses, children learn about what things can do, and what can be done with them. The following photographs from our Nursery demonstrate this.
The following photographs show Design and Technology in action in the Reception Classes. We are fabulous problem solvers!
In Year 2, the children each designed and created a vehicle to help Graham the tortoise move faster. Graham is a character from the book, ‘Olga da Polga.’ The following photographs show the different processes the children went through to create their wonderful vehicles.
As part of their home learning during the lockdown, the children in Year 2 evaluated some existing breads. They then made their own and evaluated their product. This was linked with their Great Fire of London topic.
The children were set a challenge! Percy the Park Keeper needed a new wheelbarrow, a watering can, a bag and a vehicle to get around the park. The children took this on and with Percy in mind, they designed and created these items perfectly for him.