Design and Technology at King Richards III Infant and Nursery School
At King Richard III, we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which prepares our children for the world we live in. Our curriculum aims to develop inspiring, resilient, lifelong learners with the ability to solve practical problems both as individuals and through teamwork. We want children to question and think innovatively about the world around them in order to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of context, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Children are provided opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate their creations and also past and present products. We aim, wherever possible, to link work to other subjects such as Mathematics, Art, Science and Computing. We want Design Technology to prepare our children, to give them the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences they need to be successful in later life.
Our Design Technology curriculum is implemented through a variety of different projects taught termly such as making slider pictures, pop-up books and healthy pizzas and packaging to go with it. The curriculum has been designed to ensure there is clear progression in the acquisition of skills and knowledge across the school. At the start of a new unit, teachers refer to prior skills and understanding to ensure that there is a firm foundation for new learning and connections are made with prior knowledge and skills children have acquired. Key vocabulary is included in planning which follows an overall design, make and evaluate structure. Lessons are sometimes taught as a block so that children’s learning is better focused throughout each unit of work. Children develop their skills and techniques using a wide range of materials, including material, textiles or ingredients. Nutrition is taught ensuring that children have a growing understanding of where food comes from and the need for a healthy and varied diet.