What does Design and Technology look like at Branston C of E Infant Academy?
The implementation of Design and Technology at Branston C of E Infant Academy:
In EYFS, children explore existing products as well as create their own models. We hold children’s ability to express themselves through this area of the curriculum very highly. This can be seen in the fact that children can choose to make their own creations in the craft area which is a continuous part of the provision. There are also more directed tasks which, with adult support and supervision, children are challenged to create more detailed and complex models.
Gross and fine motor skills are practiced by manipulating materials and this leads to great control and precise use of tools. This in turns lead to better hand eye co-ordination which is a vital skill for early literacy.
Through the children’s discussion of how they are making items as well as discussing and playing with their models, children’s vocabulary increases and they will become increasing confident when using a wide and rich vocabulary.
During the children’s time in KS1, they will develop skills in these four main areas:
These skills will be practised numerous times throughout Key Stage 1 in order for them to gain a good skills base and technical knowledge.
Children will design functional products and communicate their ideas through drawing, plans and practice models of their proposed products. They will practise creating different types of mechanisms to see which would be the best to use for this project. Children will explore existing products/ objects too. Once the design stage is complete, they will then begin to make their product by using tools with precision and care as well as selecting appropriate materials. Children will then evaluate their finished product against the design criteria which was set at the beginning of the project.
What is the impact of learning these skills?
As creators and designers, the vast majority of pupils have master the skills at an age appropriate level for this subject. They have achieve this by taking part in a variety of DT projects as well as been taught the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to gain a good understanding of this area of the curriculum. They are confident t in their knowledge and ability to use a range of tools carefully and with precision. They have had the opportunity to learn about a range of foods, where they come from and how to make healthy, well-balanced meals.