Design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world. The subject encourages children to become creative problem solvers individually and to promote team work. Through learning design and technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design and Technology assists children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made.
At Springfield we follow the ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ approach to the teaching of DT as recommended by the National Curriculum Programs of study. The technical skills taught encompass the following areas: Construction, Mechanisms, Textiles and Food and Nutrition.
During DT sessions, children are encouraged to be inquisitive as to how a products works. We promote involvement to both ask and answer questions to deepen children’s understanding of product and product design. They will use a number of means to inform designs by using both research and our extensive computing equipment. Through the evaluation stage of our ‘Plan, Make, Evaluate’ approach, children reflect upon their final designs as to how their designs could have been altered both the appearance and usability of their product.
When children study Food and Nutrition they begin looking at healthy eating and preparing food ensuring it is healthy and includes a varied diet. In addition, they will have some awareness of to where food originates as well as the growing process.