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Design and Technology

DT Curriculum Overview

Through Design and Technology at Bowlee Park we prepare pupils to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. We encourage pupils to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. The curriculum at Bowlee Park enables the pupils to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology, the pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all pupils to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing, making and evaluating. They work in a range of relevant contexts, for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment.

As part of their work with food, the pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

In the early years Foundation Stage, Design and Technology is delivered as part of the “Understanding the World” area of the curriculum.  Design and Technology is planned in a cross curricular way and delivered through a variety of topic areas.

During Years 1 to 6, Design and Technology is taught through subject specific lessons, following the Kapow scheme of work. Links are made between other subjects, particularly literacy, maths, art, ICT and science.