Design and Technology
The National Curriculum for Design and Technology (D&T) aims to ensure that all pupils are equipped with the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
At Henry Cavendish we include D&T as part of our creative curriculum, using and applying skills in a context that is relevant and useful. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. They learn how to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of 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 children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.
The element of food technology ensures that children build a strong foundation in the principles of nutrition and basic cooking techniques.
Classes will undertake a D&T project each term which will give children the chance to explore an existing product or technology in real contexts then design, make and evaluate their own product. Past projects have included making model carts and catapults as part of a castles topic, designing and cooking a healthy meal for an athlete, sewing puppets for storytelling, making mechanisms to create a pop-up toy.