Design and Technology
Recent research to inform practice:
‘Primary’ – Design and Technology Association
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it’s really how it works.” – Steve Jobs
Design and Technology is an inspiring subject that prepares children to deal with the rapidly changing world. It promotes children’s curiosity, creativity and imagination and encourages them to think critically and develop problem solving skills, both as individuals and as part of a team. Our Design and Technology curriculum at Hindhayes Infant School provides children with opportunities to research, explore and investigate, communicate and represent their ideas and evaluate their work. As a school we aim to, where possible, link our Design and Technology work with other curriculum subjects, including Forest School.
Developing Cultural Capital in the EYFS
At Hindhayes Infant School we have an EYFS Play Worker who uses the outdoor learning environment to support children’s curiosity and creativity. This includes using the scrap shed to create large constructions and opportunities to create junk models. All EYFS children have Forest School every other week which provides hands-on activities (for example, safely using a saw) and opportunities to participate in small group discussions. In EYFS children have daily access to OPAL play opportunities which encourages them to use their imagination, create models and helps to develop their language skills.
View the full curriculum statement for Design and Technology below.