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Design and Technology

Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.  At Manor Oak they are taught to look for opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making a range of products.  The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators.



The school’s aims are:

  • to develop children’ designing and making skills,

  • to teach children the knowledge and understanding, within each child’s ability, that will be required to complete the making of their product,

  • to teach children the safe and effective use of a range of tools, materials and components,

  • to develop children’ understanding of the ways in which people have designed products in the past and present to meet their needs,

  • to develop children’ creativity and innovation through designing and making,

  • to develop children’ understanding of technological processes, their management and their contribution to society.

  • to instil a lifelong love of cooking.

  • to teach children how to safely and hygienically cook healthy, well-balanced meals.

    The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Early years

It is important in the foundation stage to give children a broad, play-based experience of ICT in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. ICT is not just about computers. Early years learning environments should feature ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. Children gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or drive a remote-controlled toy. Outdoor exploration is an important aspect, supported by ICT toys such as metal detectors, controllable traffic lights and walkie-talkie sets. Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills. This is particular useful with children who have English as an additional language.


Health and Safety

Whilst fulfilling the DT curriculum, pupils may find themselves in the position of using tools which can be hazardous if used incorrectly.  Teachers should be aware of such situations and plan to organise the classroom and educate the children in order to avoid any dangers to the children.  Such tools will be only be used under close supervision and will be put away in a safe storage place as soon as feasible afterwards.


Cooking and nutrition

As part of their work with food, pupils should be 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.