By the time children leave our school we would like them to:
- Be creative and innovative thinkers.
- See their place in designing future products.
- Be resilient and have problem solving skills.
- Have a range of life skills such as cooking and sewing.
- Show an interest in a particular area of D&T and recognise ways they could pursue this further.
- Be able to create their own design criteria which they could use when designing a product.
- Have developed practical skills and knowledge which they could apply to other tasks and challenges.
- Know how to feedback to peers constructively and give advice on how to develop products further.
Our vision for DT at St Augustine's is to provide children with the skills and knowledge to become innovative, creative thinkers who can design the products of the future. We ensure that we are providing children with the resilience and problem solving skills for participation in the rapidly changing technologies of tomorrow. We also recognise the importance of equipping children with life skills through their work in DT such as cooking, sewing and building. We aim to provide children with a balanced experience including food technology, textiles, structures and mechanisms to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their unique talents, abilities and interests.
Cooking is an integral part of our school life and is regularly taught both in class and after school clubs. Many of our staff members have had further training in teaching different aspects of the food curriculum and we also have specialists who come in to do further work with both children and parents. Our children are passionate about cooking and therefore we hold cooking based competitions such as whole school Bake offs which encourage parents to cook with their children at home as well. By the time children leave us in Year 6 they will have had the opportunity to cook a wide range of sweet and savoury products and have a variety of skills they can use to prepare and cook their own food in the future.
As children move through the school they also develop a range of other DT associated skills and knowledge of how to use a wide variety of tools. DT units taught in each year group are often linked to the classes theme and children are provided with a challenging task with a clear design criteria. As children move into KS2 they begin to create their own design criteria after evaluating a range of products similar to the one which they are being asked to create. After being taught the necessary practical skills for the task, children are then given opportunity to explore and design their own innovative product. All DT units finish with evaluation time and a chance for children to support each other by making suggestions for future action.