At our school Design & Technology is used to give the children opportunities for creative thinking, problem solving and the knowledge and understanding of how and why products are made in the way they are and how these products could be modified and improved. These opportunities are relevant and purposeful for the children we teach.
The children are taught a progressive range of skills that will help them design, make and evaluate products for specific purposes. Mathematical knowledge is used to support D&T activities, including measure, shape and money. We link the teaching and learning of D&T to other subjects, including art, science, history and English.
Year 2 have been learning about The Great Fire of London. They have learnt that strong winds caused the fire to spread quickly. They evaluated a variety of windsocks that could measure wind direction.
Each group presented what they had discovered, to the rest of the class.
Year 2 designed and made their own windsocks after evaluating others. They looked at different designs and evaluated their fitness for purpose. They used some of the good ideas they had found out to help them design their own.
Now we need a windy day so that the designs can be tested and modified.