At Greenfields we provide a broad, balanced and progressive DT curriculum which is taught through our enquiry based learning. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work. The school’s aim is to provide DT lessons which will enable each child to reach their full potential; enabling them to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes they are taught.
DT involves thinking about what products are used for and the needs of those who use them. Within Year 1 children created moving pictures which allowed them to become storytellers. The children explored different moving picture books and discussed how they could create their own product. They then chose a story to retell and created sliders and levers to bring their stories to life.
In DT, children use different tools and materials to build their designs and this often creates a great opportunity to problem solve, and also provides opportunities for team work. In Year 2 children designed their own Christmas tree decoration, the children learnt to create a running stitch. The children’s resilient attitude allowed them to cooperatively create a fantastic product.
The skills and processes of DT can be seen within Science at Greenfields. In Year 3, children learnt about different layers in soil. They created cakes to visually explain how these layers developed. Also within Year 5, children explored gears and pulleys in their Forces topic.
Children in Year 6 designed and made motor powered vehicle. It was important that they used their mathematical knowledge to make accurate measurements. They used tools safely and accurately allowing them to achieve a high quality product. Throughout the process the children had to evaluate their product to identify any areas of development.
During our Greenfields University time, DT skills and processes are also taught. Within Engineering children were given challenges and had to cooperate to determine which skills they would use to complete the challenge. Also during Puppet Making children designed and created their own puppets using different materials and methods each week.
DT lessons also help to educate the children in nutrition and the teaching of cooking skills and techniques. All children at Greenfields have the opportunity to cook outside at Forest school and also the option to attend a ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ our cookery after school club.