At Great Wood School, Design and Technology is inspiring, rigorous and practical. Pupils learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured then, using their creativity and imagination, design and make products to improve the world around them, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Our detailed Design and Technology curriculum presents children
with relevant problems and provides them with opportunities to apply skills learned in other subjects in a meaningful context: Year 6 produce bird hide structures for our woods and younger children in Year 1 produce mechanisms linked to their science topic. Our curriculum enables pupils to take risks within an iterative process of designing and making. This process helps them build resilience whilst learning to become innovative and enterprising designers and creators.
The skills-based Design and Technology curriculum focuses on developing children’s knowledge and understanding, building on their prior learning, to make and produce prototypes and high-quality products for a wide range of users. We aim to provide an environment which encourages children to think critically, communicate their ideas and develop a sense of individuality.
At Great Wood, children are taught the critical life skill of cooking and preparing healthy meals. Providing them with an effective and enjoyable learning environment and allowing them to explore cooking; follow recipes and create their own recipes, equipping them with confidence to make healthy food choices and a healthy enjoyment of food. Children are taught where food comes from and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. We hope to instil in every pupil a passion for food which will continue now and later in life and help them to understand how good nutrition can impact positively on their physical and mental wellbeing.