Design and technology is one of the pupils' favourite subjects. At Lunsford, we give the children as many practical opportunities as possible and make D & T meaningful by getting the children involved in real projects that have a purpose.
In Key Stage 2, the children work in groups on long term projects where they are given a design brief and an opportunity to look at and examine existing products. Then, they plan, design, make and evaluate their own product. Working in groups gives children an opportunity to develop "hidden " skills of negotiating, sharing, listening and respecting each other's ideas. Individual progress is closely monitored with Practical Focussed Tasks( FPTs) as well as in evaluations that follow every scheme of work. In Key Stage 1, work may be group and individual and follows the same philosophy.
The D & T curriculum at Lunsford necessitates the exploration and use of a variety of materials and tools. While working on their tasks, children use materials such as wood, textiles, card, mouldable and recyclable materials and also learn how to safely and competently use a range of tools including hack saws, drills and glue guns. It is important that children learn to select the most appropriate tools, materials and methods e.g. how to join two materials together so that they can gain independence and greater control over their own products.
Food technology which involves healthy eating, food values, hygiene and basic recipes has become a very important part of the new 2104 National Curriculum. Mrs Ewence has been trained in Food Hygiene and this forms an essential element in all food technology design projects e.g. bread making, pizzas, cocktails, snacks and fruit salads will involve instruction as to how to be safe in the kitchen as well as being creative in their design.
We have achieved a great variety of projects in the past. It is our aim not to repeat the same project every year but to build on children's skills and knowledge and so make D & T exciting and surprising. Past projects have included bridge building, making money containers, packaging for delicate objects, constructing chairs in response to a piece of music, making puppets, bird watching dens, hats, trophies, vehicles for fairy tell characters and many more.
The curriculum is designed by first looking at all skills and knowledge that need to be covered and then devising a project to meet those skills, while being aware of the need to make Design and Technology relevant and inspirational. We hope we are making designers for the future!