Design and technology education begins well before children begin their formal schooling. Children constantly explore their world through a variety of activities and it is vital for us to continue to extend this. Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
At The Free School Norwich, children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- be able to select appropriate tools and investigate different techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
- begin to understand about the characteristics of different materials and the use of simple mechanisms.
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
- acquire and develop designing and making skills; working with confidence in a stimulating, educational environment.