Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of Design and Technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows children 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.
We are living in a highly developed technological society where children are constantly using and controlling a wide range of technology in everyday life. From light switches to computers, design and, indeed, technology is all around us.
In order to address the unique contribution Design and Technology can make to children, the strategies for the implementation of the aims will be effective when the three principles for inclusion have been taken into account:
- Setting suitable learning challenges;
- Responding to the pupils’ diverse needs –The contribution of all children is valued.Stereotypical views are challenged and pupils learn towhether arising from gender, ability or disability.
- appreciate and view positively differences in others,
- All pupils feel secure and are able to contribute appropriately.
- Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils.
- To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
- To enable children to talk about how things work and to draw and model their ideas;
- To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
- To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it;
- To develop an understanding of technological processes, product and their manufacture and contribution to our society;
- To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in design and making;
- To identify the cross-curricular capabilities of Design and Technology through curriculum opportunities in a topic or thematic approach.