DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
Design and Technology in our school develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think and analyse the design process. The overall purpose of DT is to solve a problem and here at Freckleton these could be real life problems, such as creating a meal for younger children or designing new areas in school, such as the Fabulous Forest. Staff use the LPDS planning documents as a starting point for design ideas and children are given the opportunity to analyse current designs and develop their own. DT is very much a cross curricular, practical activity drawing on skills in Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Art and Music. Children build up skills and techniques in using a wide range of tools and equipment across both Key Stages and are taught how to do this safely and with control. Children actively engage in the evaluation of their designs and make changes based on careful analysis. Not only does this process enable children to produce the most appropriate design, it also builds resilience, perseverance and respect for others. Children in Year 5 also complete their Food Hygiene Award during which they learn how to be ambassadors for food storage, preparation and serving, and serve on the salad bar at lunch times throughout the year.