At Manor Field Infant School our ethos and learning values support and underpin the teaching and learning of Design and Technology.
By initiating curiosity in children we encourage them to look at the world around them and ask questions about how things have been made and which materials and mechanisms have been used Through combining their knowledge and experiences children generate their own ideas to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Children select from a variety of construction materials, components, and textiles according to their characteristics. They use a range of tools and equipment, safely and under supervision, to perform practical tasks such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. Children explore, use and adapt mechanisms such as levers, sliders wheels and axles in their products.
The progression of skills is integrated with developing technical knowledge to explore how structures can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. Essential to this process is identifying what worked well and what could have been done differently. Children work in small groups, pairs or individually to evaluate their own and others’ work.
Where food comes from, nutrition, food preparation and cooking are essential requirements of the 2014 Curriculum and both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 enjoy opportunities to bake and cook.
Design Technology is generally developed as part of our creative integrated curriculum as it has links with many other subjects such as History, Science, English and Maths.