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Design Technology

How we teach Design Technology

The Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

DT Week

At St Andrew’s, Design and Technology is taught over two specific weeks throughout the year.  One week in the Spring term and one week in the Summer term.  Children are taught the relevant skills, how to design, make and evaluate through an activity, such as textiles, automata (making a mechanical moving toy) and pneumatics.

Children are encouraged to research using a wide range of media and technology.  They look at existing products and evaluate designs that already exist.  Using this knowledge, they design their own product and make it using a wide variety of skills.  Children build upon these skills each year throughout their time at St Andrews and are tracked through a progression of skills document.

Each activity is thoroughly evaluated and children are expected to think of ways that they could improve their design.

Cookery

Each year group has the opportunity to cook savoury recipes with a healthy theme.

Cooking lessons cover the basic foods, such as; bread, rice, pasta and potatoes.  Children are taught about healthy choices and a well-balanced plate, where food comes from, food hygiene and health and safety.

Gardening

In Year 3 and Year 5, children plant seeds and care for plants as part of the National Curriculum.  We have a large garden area where each class has a raised bed.  The children can choose the foods that they grow, tend to the crop, pick and finally cook, or to create projects such as Bee and Bug hotels.  We are taking part in the Woodland Trust Green Schools Award and have planted a number of trees in the school grounds.

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