At Tunstead children are encouraged to think and work creatively to solve problems both as individuals and collaboratively as members of a team. Children evaluate past and present technology and its usefulness and are encouraged to be imaginative when designing and making products that solve real life problems within different contexts. They think carefully about their own and others’ needs as consumers. D&T should, where possible, make connections with other subjects across the curriculum.
Termly and half termly planning is tailored to include creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Children are taught to follow each step of the design process – design, make and evaluate – and work on projects with a clear end product in mind. Children are given opportunities to explore and evaluate a range of existing products, in order to make design decisions for their own product. Children have access to and are taught to use a variety of tools and equipment, allowing them to have first-hand experience of production.
Children at Tunstead will be resourceful, creative, collaborative and to take risks. They understand the importance of past and present design and technology and its impact on the world. Children build on and apply a range of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design, make and evaluate high-quality products. They understand that different products are made for a variety of users and evaluate and test their ideas and products.