At Rosedale believe that Design Technology helps to prepare children for the developing world and encourages them to become curious and creative problem-solvers.
In Design Technology, our children must consider the needs of individuals and society within a caring community. It is an opportunity for children to apply their mathematical, scientific and social skills to solve these real and relevant problems by looking for solutions and responses.
At Rosedale we aim to provide our pupils with the opportunity to explore Design Technology challenges individually and collaboratively, promoting a supportive and respectful classroom environment where all children’s contributions are valued by staff and their peers. Our vision promotes and nurtures a growth mind set. Our children are encouraged to accept and celebrate mistakes and feedback. We give all of our pupils the opportunity to design, build, evaluate and improve their work.
Our children develop their skills in handling and using a range of tools and materials in learning that is linked to their current topic work. We also embrace the wider curriculum links that Design Technology has to offer, such as with Maths and English. This ensures our children receive a deepening curriculum.
Design and Technology in the Early Years Foundation Stage:
Children in FS1 and FS2 will learn through first-hand experiences. They will be encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and to talk about why they have made their decisions.
At Rosedale in the Early Years Foundation Stage we follow the EYFS Development Matters 2020 Framework. Experiences of DT are found in Expressive Arts and Design.
Some of the typical learning experiences include:
Constructing: Learning to construct with a purpose in mind, some children use scissors, glue, string and a hole punch to make a bag to store travel brochures they collected during a field trip.
Structure and joins: Following a visit to a farm, some children make a barn out of small wooden bricks.
Using a range of tools: Through this, children will learn about planning and adapting initial ideas to make them better. For example, a child might choose to use scissors, a stapler, elastic bands and glue to join bits together to make a toy vehicle. But they might then modify their initial idea by using masking tape.
Cooking techniques: Some children take turns stirring the mixture for a cake and then watch with fascination as it rises while cooking. They will practise stirring, mixing, pouring and blending ingredients during cookery activities.
Exploration: Children will dismantle things and learn about how everyday objects work. For example, a child might dismantle a pepper grinder and discover how it is put together and the materials different parts are made of.
Discussion: Children will be given opportunities to discuss reasons that make activities safe or unsafe, for example hygiene, electrical awareness, and appropriate use of senses when tasting different flavourings. They will also learn to record their experiences by, for example, drawing, writing and making a tape or model.