Design and Technology is a practical and creative subject, where children have the opportunity to solve problems within relevant and inspiring contexts. It draws upon a range of skills, including mathematics, art, computing and science, and promotes curiosity, resilience and imagination. Children develop an understanding of technology and its impact in an ever-changing world, as well as practical life skills, which the children will continue to develop as they move through and beyond their time at Halterworth.
Design and Technology is carefully mapped through the school, with some units taught discretely and others with cross-curricular links. The children follow a process of designing, making and evaluating their work. Through this process, we teach the children technical skills, covering a range of skill areas, including use of textiles, construction materials, mechanisms, moldable materials, cookery and nutrition. Children develop problem-solving skills and have the opportunity to take risks in their learning as they make links in their experiences, choose ways to do things and persist when challenges occur. Through practical work, children begin to select resources, test ideas and choose ways to solve problems. Children evaluate their work and the work of others against design criteria, considering the effectiveness of the methods and resources used, and responding to constructive feedback from others.
At Halterworth Primary School we aim to provide high quality Design and Technology teaching which is meaningful and engaging, and which draws on cross-curricular links. Cookery Club provides a chance for children to enrich their learning and skills, and to nurture enthusiasm in a valuable life skill. The children’s experience of Design and Technology is also enhanced through projects with outside agencies; a group of children from different year groups recently contributed to a sculpture project with Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.