Why do learners at The Nethersole Academy need to study Design and Technology?
At Nethersole Church Primary Academy we believe that Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, the children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Design is the process of intentionally creating something while at the same time considering its purpose. The children learn to think about and understand the function, economic, sociocultural factors and aesthetics of their products. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
When studying Design and Technology at Nethersole, children become self-motivated and confident learners, who can ‘Let their light shine’ when working independently or as part of a team.
What are the aims for the Design and Technology curriculum? (i.e. what do we want learners to be able to know and do by the time they leave Nethersole Church Primary Academy?
At Nethersole Academy for Design and Technology our aim is 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. To 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. For the children to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others and understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.