Statement of Intent
Through our Design & Technology curriculum at St Laurence’s, we aim to give our pupils life skills that will enable them to embrace the designed and made world, harness technology, engage with resilience in problem-solving and make innovative and creative use of resources, in order to improve the world around them.
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art.
Children have the opportunity to use a variety of materials, develop motor skills and learn new processes to develop products fit for purpose. It allows children to appreciate inventions and develop understanding of how things work, as well as teaching life skills like cooking, sewing and repairing. We expect children to persevere and use time, practice and effort to learn from setbacks and still develop new designs.
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 the wider world. They learn about architects, engineers and inventors, and how their ideas and achievements have enhanced society over time. 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: