At Brightwalton our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to prepare children for the developing world, and help them to realise how design and innovation can make the world a better place, a possible example being Trevor Baylis CBE, inventor of the wind-up radio. The subject encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of Design and Technology, children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, in order to design and make a product. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product; this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. Design and Technology helps all children to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.
We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art. In design projects, pupils are encouraged to design - using research and sketches as aides; make - using tools and materials; evaluate their product and build their technical knowledge.
Furthermore, as part of their work with food, pupils explore how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.