At Ballden, Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work. All primary schools in England are required to follow the National Curriculum, which includes Design and Technology as a compulsory subject at Key Stages 1 and 2.
We plan the activities in Design and Technology so that they build on the children's prior learning and give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Design and Technology is about providing opportunity for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs. Making mistakes is a part of Design and Technology and integral to learning as this allows us to amend and adapt ideas, learning about what works well and what doesn't.
Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.