'Through Design and Technology at Ellison Boulters Church of England Academy, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.'
They learn to think and intervene creatively and become autonomous and creative 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.
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. They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and start to use Information, Communication, Technology (ICT) as part of their designing and making. Knowledge, skills and understanding are applied when 'developing ideas', 'planning', 'making products' and 'evaluating' them.
During Key Stage 2, pupils work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people's designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers/information technology in a range of ways.
The knowledge, skills and understanding which children gain through their study of Design and Technology encompass: enquiry, design, production, materials and components and evaluation.