Design and Technology at Wootey Infant School
Design and Technology is a practical and inspiring subject. Children at Wootey Infant School have the opportunity to design, create and evaluate products that have cross-curricular links to the topics they are learning about; for example the children in year 2 design and create houses from 1666 when they are learning about the fire of London. Children are given the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and use their knowledge and imagination to make high quality products. Children are able to design products and communicate their ideas through drawing, talking and where appropriate ICT. Children learn how to use a variety of tools and materials and make informed decisions about which tool would be best for the task that they are doing. Children will develop an understanding of structures and how they can be improved. They will also explore and use mechanisms, such as levers, wheels and axles. Through questioning children will be encouraged to evaluate their finished product and think of ideas to improve or change it. Whilst at Wootey Infant School, children will have the opportunity to take part in lunchtime and golden time clubs that support their learning in DT; for example sewing club.
Year R Design and Technology is experienced and taught through the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ Early Learning Goal. At Wootey Infant School children in Reception have a large making area. This is a child initiated area where they can choose from a variety of tools and materials to design and create products. Staff will also support and teach children to use certain tools and equipment. We also have a large construction area where children have the opportunity to design and create models on their own and with their peers. our outside area, we have woodwork and large-scale construction opportunities.
Cooking and Nutrition is taught throughout the School. Children will find out where food comes from and the importance of healthy eating. In Year 2 children have the opportunity to visit Pizza Express and make their own pizza. We also have a Golden Time cooking club.