Design and Technology
Our aim is to promote creative problem solving, curiosity, resilience and reflection through a variety of practical activities. Children are taught knowledge, understanding and skills relating to construction materials, textiles, structures, mechanisms, electricity, computing and food. They are encouraged to reflect as they complete a task and make appropriate modifications as needed.
Following the National Curriculum, Design Technology has links with Computing, Science and Maths. At Holywell, we use the CUSP Curriculum for Design Technology as a basis, with some additional Holywell specific units. Each study builds upon prior learning which is revisited and extended throughout the year groups. Specific vocabulary is planned and taught sequentially and cumulatively from Year 1 to Year 6. The Curriculum includes a range of materials including textiles, construction materials, card and repurposed materials. Years 1 to 6 complete at least 4 units of work per year. This always includes one unit on cooking and nutrition, because we believe that this is a valuable life skill.
Throughout the Foundation Stage there are a plentiful opportunities to engage in Design Technology. There are weekly STEM sessions which include Design and Technology activities and Design Technology resources that the children are able to access independently to use in their child initiated play.