Aims and objectives
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Pupils use creativity and imagination; they design and make products that solve real life problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and use cross curricular skills from mathematics, science, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and their wider world. High quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
Practical experiences, at the heart of the subject, need to foster positive attitudes towards overcoming problems, working collaboratively and developing a flexibility of approach. The subject serves to reinforce the notion that we do not always work towards pre-ordained solutions.
All children have the right to develop their capability in design and technology and should be taught at an appropriate level to: