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D & T

Design and Technology is an important and valued part of the teaching and learning at Manland. D&T covers three areas of learning; cooking and nutrition, materials and construction. Throughout these areas the children are taught to design, create and evaluate their products.

Aims

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

D&T Curriculum

The Early Years promotes creativity through expressive art and design. During adult-led and child-initiated learning times, the children are offered activities to plan, create and design using different materials, techniques and skills. This may range from building a car using stickle bricks to creating a 3D model from junk modelling materials. These experiences lay a foundation for the skills children will build on throughout the school.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 children design, create, evaluate and refine products in all three areas of the D&T curriculum. Each year group focuses on a different set of skills to create a variety of final products. A huge part of the D&T process is to teach children to evaluate their work and suggest improvements.

Ways you can help your child with D&T

  • investigate uses of materials
  • cooking and exploring nutritional value
  • using construction sets
  • encouraging your child to make improvements to their design