Design & Technology

Children enjoy learning DT because they;

  • are encouraged to be creative and innovative;
  • are involve in designing and making activities which have a purpose;
  • ·have hands on experience with different materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control;
  • ·are exposed to opportunities to think about important issues such s sustainability and enterprise.

This is how DT is organised at Oldfield:

  • KS1 children creatively design and apply sewing techniques to make puppets for a show in Year 1. In Year 2 children learn how to use mechanisms to make a moving vehicle.
  • KS2 children learn in Year 3-6 how to apply practical cookery skills to design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'. In Year 3 DT learning is linked to Literacy with children planning a lunch for the protagonist in the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’. In Year 4- 5 children research diets and cultural food and prepare a meal suited for a particular individual. Year 6 focuses on enterprise skills; making and selling products.

Teachers at Oldfield plan activities in Design and technology that help to prepare children for the developing world. Such activities help encourage children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. In addition, Oldfield enriches the DT curriculum further through the ‘Enabling Enterprise’ scheme of work.

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