Design and Technology
At Westmeads we encourage the children to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs. Links are make with other curriculum areas to ensure skills are applied and developed in a variety of contexts.
At Key Stage One, when the children are designing and making, they will be taught in design and technology to:
- design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
- generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
- select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing].
- select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
- explore and evaluate a range of existing products.
- evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.
- build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.
- explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
Cooking and nutrition
- learn basic cooking skills to create savoury and sweet foods
- learn about healthy food and diet
- find out where food comes from.