Design and technology prepares and encourages children to take part in the development of our rapidly-changing world. The subject promotes creative thinking and provides children with many opportunities to become problem-solvers, both as individuals and when working as part of a team. This area of the curriculum enables children to identify a need and potential consumer, generate effective design ideas to fulfil this brief, making the product and then having the opportunity to evaluate it, suggesting ways in which the product could be improved.
Through the study of design and technology, children are able to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues and should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are made. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. At Ridgeway Primary School our aims for design technology are that children will develop visionary thinking and will learn to talk about what has gone well and what could be improved through all stages of the design process. Our goal is that children develop the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence in order to design and develop their ideas and then selecting appropriate materials and tools to make their product successfully and safely. Through our thematic approach, children are actively encouraged to draw upon their knowledge of other areas of the curriculum to inform and enhance the production process. To provide a meaningful purpose and foster an enjoyment for learning, the products we design and make are often linked to other areas of the curriculum that children are currently learning about.