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.
- 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.
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.
Recently, children have enjoyed making a selection of dishes from around the world. Year 5 have enjoyed making soups with seasonal vegetables such as leek and potato. Linked to their topic work in history, Year 4 have made Mayan hot chocolate. Year 3 made healthy pizzas and Year one learnt how to make a healthy sandwich.
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