We aim for Design and Technology to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. The design and technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to our topics. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the school community. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
At Curbar, we promote pupils’ SMSC development through design and technology in the following ways:
– The process of creative thinking and innovation inspires students to bring out undiscovered talents, which in turn breeds a self-confidence and belief in their abilities. It also challenges and appeals to the creative instincts that have driven humanity to discover, adapt and overcome.
– We develop a sense of ‘moral conscience’ in our pupils. We teach pupils to understand the wider impacts on the environment when designing and making new products. We encourage sustainable thinking and consideration of the impact on environmentally sensitive areas of the world.
– We teach the concept of self-regulation to ensure that students accept responsibility for their behaviour and the safety of others. We place an emphasis on developing the ability to work with others during the design and making process. Self and peer evaluation is used as a vehicle to improve the products being made and pupil’s learning outcomes.
– We expand pupil’s knowledge of cultural influences on design. We develop wider cultural awareness in Design Technology through projects that have a connection with our past heritage and how our industrial routes have shaped our nation.
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