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Design and Technology

Design & Technology: Statement of Intent

At Burhill Primary School the design and technology curriculum prepares pupils to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world and empower them to become responsible for their own learning through:

  • being curious;
  • using their imagination;
  • co-operating with others;
  • developing resilience
  • evaluating, comparing and improving their work.

Primary D&T forms an important foundation for learning about the world and our relationship to objects within it. From nursery to year 6, our pupils are given opportunities to find out how things work and develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. Through our D&T curriculum, pupils are taught the importance of health and safety and encouraged to think about significant issues. Pupils build on a range of skills through collaborative working and problem-solving. We recognize that it is vital to nurture pupils’ creativity; encouraging them to innovate, take risks and learn from mistakes. This will support them in becoming resourceful, enterprising and capable citizens.

In design & technology we seek to develop a sense of ‘moral conscience’ in our pupils, encouraging sustainable thinking. We teach pupils to understand the wider impacts on the environment when designing and making new products and expect them to consider carefully the materials & components they will use when designing and making. We develop wider cultural awareness in D&T through projects that have a connection with our past heritage and how our industrial routes have shaped our nation. Social development is a key feature of all D&T lessons. We teach the concept of self-regulation to ensure that pupils accept responsibility for their behaviour and the safety of others.

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