Design And Technology

At Broadfield, our aim is to provide opportunities for children to develop as confident, articulate and well-rounded children who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their community and the wider world. Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It provides pupils with a context for using their creativity and imagination while solving real and relevant problems when designing and making products. Importantly, pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. They learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising – qualities that are valuable and necessary for children to become capable citizens in an increasingly technological and global world.

In the EYFS, D & T is taught as part of the Expressive Arts and Design area of the EYFS curriculum. Through continuous provision, the children have ready access to junk modelling, creative resources and tools and equipment. Their skills in cutting and pasting are developed in Autumn 1.

In KS1 and KS2, D & T is taught as an essential part of the driver (topic) over a 2-year curriculum cycle. The curriculum is structured to ensure that each Key Stage meets the statutory National Curriculum (N.C.) objectives for D&T. D&T – along with Art – is an ‘Enquiry Enhancer’ and as such provides creative and skill-based opportunities to enhance the learning in each of the driver topics taught over the 2-year cycle (approx. 5 topics per year).

We promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and British Values through our design and technology curriculum.

  • Pupils have the opportunity to reflect and wonder how technology now controls aspects of the world and they consider the benefits and negatives of this.
  • They produce a wide range of food dishes from various cultures, encouraging them to discuss the historical, cultural and geographical contexts that have created this diversity.
  • Pupils wonder at the contribution of past generations to modern manufacturing techniques, for example the cotton mills of Oldham and their significance to today’s production of fabrics.
  • Pupils study/ disassemble a range of manufactured products and discuss problems concerning the recycling of materials that have fulfilled their use and understanding the impact of this on our planet.
  • They work together in teams.
  • They explore the number and range of countries which produce for markets all over the world today, allowing discussion relating to the moral/ human rights issues often associated with the working conditions involved in the production of goods.