Curriculum - Design Technology
During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, pupils learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them and explore how familiar things work. Children then progress to talking about, drawing and modelling their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely, and start to draw on other subjects such as Computing, Science, Maths and Art as part of their designing and making. Knowledge, skills and understanding are applied when designing, making and evaluating their work.
Through Design Technology the children at Woodlands learn to think and intervene creatively and become experienced problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues and function. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.
Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables children to feed themselves and others affordably and well, both now and in later life.
The children in EYFS begin to develop a food vocabulary using taste, smell, texture and feel. They start to think about the need for a variety of foods in a diet.
Children in KS1 will then move on to using the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare and make dishes. They will also learn where different food comes from and how it needs to be prepared.