This curriculum area requires children to apply knowledge and skills to solve practical problems. They are taught skills and techniques for handling equipment correctly and are offered a wide range of materials with which to work.
We aim to teach the children in Key Stage 1, to:
a. generate ideas by drawing on their own and other people's experiences
b. develop ideas by shaping materials and putting together components
c. talk about their ideas
d. plan by suggesting what to do next as their ideas develop
e. communicate their ideas using a variety of methods, including drawing and making models
We aim to teach the children in Key Stage 2, to:
a. generate ideas for products after thinking about who will use them and what they will be used for, using information from a number of sources, including ICT-based sources
b. develop ideas and explain them clearly, putting together a list of what they want their design to achieve
c. plan what they have to do, suggesting a sequence of actions and alternatives, if needed
d. communicate design ideas in different ways as these develop, bearing in mind aesthetic qualities, and the uses and purposes for which the product is intended.