At Kensworth it is our intention to develop and apply the creative, technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks with confidence within our increasingly technological world. Through the teaching of DT, we hope that children will develop the capacity to problem solve by stimulating creativity and imagination through the production of quality products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as Mathematics, English, Science, Computing and Art. To fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities they will face in later life.
Design and Technology is taught through our theme-based curriculum. The key skills taught are: Using technical knowledge to make informed choices. Designing purposeful and appealing products. Using tools to perform practical tasks. Evaluating and suggesting improvements to their own and others work.
We aim for children to express their creativity through designing, as they have been given the opportunity to carefully select tools and materials appropriate to the purpose and needs of an audience. Children will be self-critical learners who are confident to self-evaluate their final product, discussing its strengths and weaknesses and offering ways in which their work can be improved. They will gain the necessary skills for the future, by developing their ability to collaborate, investigate, design and evaluate. As designers, children will develop lifelong skills.