At Forest & Sandridge C.E. Primary School we believe children should have the experience to exercise their creativity through designing and making.
The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Children are encouraged to generate initial ideas by using words, labelled sketches and models. A variety of materials and components are available for children to use. Opportunities are given to the children to improve their learning and quality of their finished product through careful and sensitive evaluation. It is important that they are taught to handle and use tools with care and with awareness of health and safety issues.
Through teaching Design and Technology we aim:
To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making
To enable children to talk about how things work and to draw and model their ideas
To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures
To develop an understanding of technology processes, products and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society
To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making
To encourage children to critically evaluate their work and the work of others, suggest improvements and produce a quality product to the best of their ability
The children learn to use a range of skills in key areas of Design and Technology. These skills are regularly repeated in different year groups and through different project tasks. The key skills we teach the children are:
· Sewing and textiles
· Cooking and nutrition
· Electrical and mechanical components
· Using Materials
There are a number of opportunities for the children to use their learning in after school clubs. There are a number of clubs that we offer such as sewing, craft and cooking. Also, we have taken part in Melksham Oak’s ‘Superchef’ competition. We have even won the competition for the last two years!