Technology, with an emphasis on problem solving, involves children in model making, finding solutions to practical issues, using appropriate materials and tools correctly.
Pupils may be required to evaluate their work and to suggest possible modifications and alterations.
Pupils are given opportunities to use textiles, paint, wood, card, paper, clay and cooking ingredients.
Essential characteristics of designers are:
- Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
- An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
- The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
- The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
- A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
- The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
- The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
- A passion for the subject and knowledge of up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.
Design and technology has three threshold concepts.
- Master practical skills: This concept involves developing the skills needed to make high quality products.
- Design, make, evaluate and improve: This concept involves developing the process of design thinking and seeing design as a process.
- Take inspiration from design throughout history: This concept involves appreciating the design process that has influenced the products we use in everyday life.