At Burhill, we recognise the place of design in the modern world. Learning about design and designers is good preparation for children as they grow. Children use their creativity and imagination to design and make products, which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We provide a variety of experiences to teach children how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Opportunities to design, plan, make and evaluate their own products are provided where the children can learn how to use a variety of tools safely and effectively. Children will work with textiles, food, resistant materials (including wood) and construction kits. They will also use IT to support their design work.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.