‘…creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should support it with the same status.’ Sir Ken Robinson
Design and Technology is an exciting and integral part of Collis life with staff, not only following the specific DT curriculum but using DT as a means to enhance the teaching of other subjects. Wonderful celebrations, such as the Modern Foreign Language Days or History Days bring special experiences for the children through cooking food, from a particular culture or time in history, or designing and making items e.g. in Year 4 when the children are studying India as part of their Geography curriculum they may design and make jewellery or cook a meal for an Indian wedding then share the food.
From Nursery to Year 6, the children are taught specific skills enabling them to create and make high quality items. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children begin to appreciate that materials/objects have particular properties which make them suitable for a particular task. They learn to select and safely use an appropriate range of tools to produce a product which satisfies a particular purpose showing clear decision making. They build and construct with a wide range of objects adapting their work where necessary.
With this foundation, children from Year 1 onwards are guided through the design processes used in industry: they must consider their target market and analyse existing products before they create their own ideas and develop them into working products. As they make their product, essential skills are taught, always with an emphasis on safety. Finally they must evaluate their finished product. Progression can clearly be seen via both the level of skills shown as the children move on up the school plus the demands of the projects themselves.
Some year groups organise their work in sketchpads whilst others use specific design booklets to take the pupils through the whole process for that project e.g. Year 5 for biscuit making and CAM toys, Year 6 for slippers and cars.
Whilst the National Curriculum Programmes of Study are delivered through themes based on the QCA Scheme of Work, most of the DT units are cross curricular linked with both core and foundation subjects, thus ensuring a higher percentage of time spent covering a particular area and emphasizing the relevance of the work to everyday life. Children are encouraged to draw on their knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways. For example, in Year 6 children design and make cars which links to their Science topic on electricity and Literacy work on journalistic writing.
Children’s work is always on display throughout the school but periodically there are special ART and DT exhibitions. (Please see Scrapbook area for photographs)
Fortunately, there are two clubs on offer to enrich the curriculum and inspire the Year 5 and 6 children: Cooking S’Cool and Click Photography.