At Coppice Primary School and Nursery, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils from all backgrounds, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.
We recognise that Design and Technology can develop a range of skills. We strive to ensure that Design and Technology can be accessible for different types of learners. The Design and Technology curriculum will encourage all pupils to believe in themselves, develop a ‘can do’ attitude and contribute to a positive learning culture.
Our Design and Technology lessons give children the opportunity to; investigate existing products, create designs, practise new skills, make a product and evaluate what they have made. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
The scheme of work is designed to develop a range of Design and Technology skills over the course of KS1 and KS2 including mechanisms, structures, electrical systems, textiles and foods. The scheme of work also ensures that pupils build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. Pupils choose from a range of tools, equipment, materials and components that best fit the products needs. They then: critique, evaluate, test their ideas and products, work of others, and understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live.
Throughout the Early Years, the children are encourage to explore and experiment with a range of tools and materials. They look at creative elements of the curriculum, through particular themes/topics or child-initiated play in the provision. Opportunities to investigate with different materials and tools are available both within the classroom along with the outdoor provision.
Regular cooking opportunities are available as part of our EYFS provision for the children. This includes food tasting, healthy choices and meals that celebrate different cultures and celebrations. Examples of cooking and food tasting opportunities include vegetable soup, fruit kebabs, bread making, Chinese New Year and Pancake Day.
By the end of the Early Years, children are expected to be able to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.