Design and Technology

Design and technology at Stocksbridge Junior School

 

Over their time with us at Stocksbridge Junior School, our children will be provided with a range of skills and opportunities to enable them to develop in Design and Technology. 

Design and Technology helps to prepare children for the on-going innovations and developments in our world. The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team and allows children to combine practical skills with a design process that solves real and relevant problems. Design and Technology should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made and through the evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, allow them to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

At Stocksbridge Junior School our aims for Design Technology are that children will develop imaginative thinking and will learn to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. Children will be encouraged to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures. We will further children’s enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making. Children will be taught to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Design and Technology lessons has key strands which are weaved into the Corner Stones curriculum we follow which enables a fully immersive curriculum. We believe that our curriculum, captures the interests of the children, promoting a greater pupil involvement, and making learning relevant to them, whilst meeting the National Curriculum requirements. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then when evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities. Children critically evaluate their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.

Cooking and Nutrition

The National Curriculum of 2014 states that “Learning to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.”

As part of our Design and Technology curriculum, pupils are taught to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet, prepare and cook a variety of predominately savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. Children learn how to combine a range of ingredients in Year Three and these skills and experiences are developed through their four times here so that by the end of Year Six, our children will have the opportunity to design and prepare a meal for a group.

Where possible, our teachers aim to utilise our wider learning environment, which includes our spacious and stimulating Cedarwood space, to stimulate a sense of curiosity and drive which really sees our students flourish. We firmly believe that learning should not take place within the confines of the classroom.