Design and technology is a fantastic subject where children can be creative and practise lots of skills they have learned in other subjects. They are able to use their computing skills when researching their project, art when they are designing, maths when measuring and English when they evaluate what they have made. Cooking is also part of the D&T curriculum.
There are four processes that the children work through when they are taking part in D&T:
1. Researching - children need to research what they are going to design in order to find the best ways to do so. They can explore different materials that would be suitable for their design.
2. Designing - children can draw diagrams or pictures of what they plan to make, and label them with their different materials and equipment that they will need to make it.
3. Making - children often find this process the most exciting as they start to create their own project which they can be very proud of.
4. Evaluating - children begin to think about what they really like about their project and what was successful. They can also then think about anything that didn't go to plan and how they might improve their project if they were going to do it again.
The most important part of D&T is designing something for a PURPOSE.
D&T Day at Westglade!
Each year group had a fantastic day researching, designing, making and evaluating projects relating to their topics. Nursery made bags, Foundation 2 made ginger bread men, Year 1 made dinosaur costumes, Year 2 made houses, Year 3 made pyramids, Year 4 made moving picture scenes, Year 5 cooked Mayan inspired dishes and Year 6 made gas mask boxes. There was such a great atmosphere around school, and it was fantastic to see the children excited about their learning.
If you would like to try cooking at home with the children, have a look at the links below for some quick and easy recipe ideas.