Design & Technology
Design and Technology gives children the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world, and to harness the benefits of technology. They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.
At Lawn Primary School we encourage children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. We enable them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past Design and Technology, its uses and its impacts - it helps all children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.
Design and Technology is focused on throughout the school, with projects being worked on each term from year 1 to year 6. Children in the early years have free access to saws and hammers and independently use the tools with real wood and nails etc. to design and make anything they wish. This independence continues into year one but becomes more structured with clear projects for children towards the end of the spring term. Children are supported to develop the skills that enable them to think creatively and imaginatively to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Food technology is implemented across the curriculum with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.