Design Technology at St Joseph’s is about applying knowledge and skills to solve practical problems. All maintained 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, with statutory Programmes of Study. The Design and Technology Association has produced a range of resources to support teachers implementing the D&T Programmes of Study including Projects on a Page, a scheme of work which teachers have begun to incorporate into their planning. Children follow the design process of ‘Plan, Make and Evaluate’ to create products. Activities involve applying knowledge and skills to a range of materials and tools relating to real needs and situations. Half termly lesson objectives from Art and Design often complement the work completed in Design and Technology lessons which are either taught by the class teacher or our art specialist teacher.
As part of the DT curriculum, cooking and nutrition is a key component. The children gain experience through cooking opportunities so that they learn about healthy life styles and seasonal ingredients. Cross curricular links are developed in areas such as science and maths. In our environment sessions we cook and eat the things we grow creating things such as nettle soup, elderflower cordial and jams.