At Banks Road Primary school, our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to prepare children for the developing world. The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. We encourage children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Design and Technology allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects which gives them motivation and meaning to their learning. Where possible, we aim to link our designs to our current learning such as through our Read to Write unit, Maths, Art, Science and History. The children are also given the opportunity to evaluate past and present designs, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, the children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
As well as designing, making and evaluating products, pupils will be taught cooking and nutrition. One of the priorities for Banks Road this year is to embed a culture of positive health and wellbeing across the school. This coincides with the teaching of cooking and nutrition as it allows the children to learn the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. We believe that instilling a love of cooking in pupils will enable them to creatively become independent.